Released on 01 January 2015.

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The South

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Synopsis

In 1950, Katherine Proctor leaves Ireland and her family for Barcelona, determined to become a painter. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and proceeds to build a life with him. But Katherine cannot escape her past, as Michael Graves, a fellow Irish émigré to Spain, forces her to re-examine all her relationships: to her lover, her art and the homeland she only thought she knew.

‘This is a strong and moving work of fiction about the hard truths of changing one’s life. Colm Tóibín, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too comfortable. A grand achievement’ Don DeLillo

‘A broad and beautifully worked canvas . . . An imaginative, deeply felt and evocative tale’ Sunday Times

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The story is told with spare, simple elegance
London Review of Books
A broad and beautifully worked canvas . . . An imaginative, deeply felt and evocative tale
Sunday Times
Clever, evocative and intelligent
Irish Times