Nominated by:

State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Tweebronnen Openbare Bibliotheek, Leuven, Belgium

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia

Cork City Libraries. Ireland

Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland

Limerick City Library, Ireland

Dunedin Public Libraries, New Zealand

Edinburgh City Libraries & Information Services, Scotland

Cape Town Central Library, South Africa

Lincoln Library, Springfield, USA

Free Library of Philadelphia, USA

Hartford Public Library, USA

Kansas City Public Library, USA

Minneapolis Public Library, USA

San José Public Library, USA

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Picador, UK

Scribner

2006 – The Master

Colm Tóibín      

Winner of the 2006 Award

2006 Shortlist     2006 Longlist

The Judges’ Citation

Colm Tóibín captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly alive and vibrant in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart.

This probing portrayal of Henry James is not merely an outstanding narrative. In crisp, modulated writing, it subtly balances a range of devices that leave the reader in no doubt about the accomplishment of this work. For its deftly excavated psychology of the Jamesian childhood and youth, for its quiet revelations of the artist’s journey and the emotional and material necessities accompanying this, for the melancholic undertone which surfaces through the probing landscape of this writer’s life, The Master is, and will continue to be, a work of novelistic art: its preoccupations are truth and the elusiveness of intimacy, and from such preoccupations emerge this patient, beautiful, exposure of loss, and the price of the pursuit of perfection.

Judges: Jane Koustas, Mary O’Donnell, Andrew O’Hagan, Paolo Rufilli. Non- voting Chair, Judge Eugene R. Sullivan

About the Book

In The Master, Colm Tóibín captures the exquisite anguish of a man who circulated in the grand parlours and palazzos of Europe, who was astonishingly alive and vibrant in his art, and yet whose attempts at intimacy inevitably failed him and those he tried to love. It is a powerful account of the hazards of putting the life of the mind before affairs of the heart.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955 and lives in Dublin. He is the author of four novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night and The Blackwater Lightship, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona, The Sign of the Cross and Love in a Dark Time.