Merton Big Read: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s Merton Big Read is Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín.

The Merton Big Read is a shared reading scheme, run in partnership with Merton libraries and funded by Arts Council England, which aims to connect the local community through books and stories.

Set in 1950s Ireland and America, Brooklyn is a stunning story of love, loss and one woman’s terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. Its universal themes speak across generations and communities to anyone who has had to leave their homes to start a new life. 

Winner of the 2009 Costa Novel Award, Brooklyn quickly became an international bestseller, garnering huge critical acclaim. The film adaptation, starring Saoirse Ronan, was nominated for three Oscars.

We’re delighted that Colm will also be joining us for an event later in the year – watch this space for more details.

Five hundred copies of the book will be available through libraries and community groups across Merton, so be sure to pick up your copy and get reading. And when you’re done, pass it on – share your copy with friends, family, neighbours – we want the whole community to get involved!

Long Island – Tóibín’s much-anticipated sequel to Brooklyn – was recently published to rave reviews including being chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. Over the next year we will be giving away a signed copy of Long Island each month and you can win a signed copy by entering our prize draw here. This month’s draw will take place on Fri 28 June.


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