A Guest at the Feast

A Memoir

by Colm Tóibín, Colm Tóibín

Series: Penguin Specials

A Guest at the Feast is Colm Tóibín's touching memoir.

A Guest at the Feast moves from the small town of Enniscorthy to Dublin, from memories of a mother who always had a book on the go to the author's early adulthood, from a love of literature to the influences of place and family. Tóibín's captivating memoir is the story of a writer coming of age and his connections between home, work and love. It is a perfect gem of a book.


  • Penguin Books Ltd; December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241962299
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  • Title: A Guest at the Feast
  • Series: Penguin Specials
  • Author: Colm Tóibín; Colm Tóibín (other)
  • Imprint: Penguin

In The Press

Sumptous ... In the hands of a master of Toibin's gifts, this deceptively slim memoir expands out into something far greater than you might expect. In what amounts to not much more than a long magazine article, he creates a sweeping, lyrical portrait of the small-town idiosyncrasies, natural landscapes and family histories in southeast Ireland on which his novels have drawn for decades.