Nora Webster

Nora Webster

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/01/2015
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Nora Webster
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Toibin has established himself in recent years as one of the great English language novelists. Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary have already established ... READ MORE
Chris White
Nora Webster
Nora Webster finds herself to be a widow with a family of four to bring up in a small town in southern Ireland in the late 1960's. Beautifully written, thi... READ MORE
Libby at Truro


* * * Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Novel Awards and the 2015 Folio Prize * * * Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today.It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true. Colm Tóibín's Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature. Its humanity and compassion forge an unforgettable reading experience. 'A profoundly gifted world writer' Sebastian Barry

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141041759
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 223g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Nora Webster
Simple and simply brilliant~
If there is one word to describe this is "" I loved it. It's wonderful.. plain and simple, yet brilliant. It stays with you after you put the book d... READ MORE
Orsolya Gyorfi
Nora Webster
Seaside Sue
A lovely read gives one an insight into days past in Ireland. Toibin has a gift for these soft flowing stories. I picked up this book and it took me to a... READ MORE
Sue Smart