Book cover for Bad Blood



21 May 2010
208 pages
Imprint: Picador


Tóibín writes prose of a heart-breaking beauty.
Tóibín has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own man.
High-class reportage . . . Tóibín was conscientious about talking to real people, not just “names” with a good line in TV chat, and went to see and hear and sense things at a local, grassroots level.