Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of numerous novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, House of Names and Nora Webster. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction, including Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Father of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce. He lives in Dublin.