The Colony

The Colony

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/02/2022
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The Colony
Quietly powerful book about the legacy of colonialism and what happens when you try to capture something that is not yours to take.
This is a quietly powerful novel that gently depicts the scar of colonialism on a small Irish Island. A rare outpost of Irish language speakers is visited ... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
The Colony
Simmering, Potent, And Achingly Beautiful
This novel is beautiful; suffused with sorrow, and underpinned with a real sense of need that drives the action from the first page with all the inevitabil... READ MORE
Steve at Trafalgar Square


Longlisted for The Booker Prize 2022

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022

He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea.

Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine - the authentic experience. Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve. But the people who live on this rock - three miles long and half-a-mile wide - have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return.

Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571367597
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 491g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 27 mm

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The Colony
The colony, by Audrey Magee
You simply must read this book. It is about a Gaelic speaking community on an island off the west coast of Ireland during the Troubles. The story begin... READ MORE
David Kenvyn
The Colony
Poetic and honest
This is a brilliant read which tackles important issues. The characterization is excellent. There's the arrogant English painter Mr. Lloyd, desperate to pr... READ MORE
S Anderson