Toibin, Colm. THE SOUTH: A NOVEL. London, England: Picador Books, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 238 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the greatest literary debuts of the last decade of the 20th century. Review Copy. Review Material laid-in. The first appearance of the title as a hardcover in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run. The 1990 First British Edition was a softcover original only. This First British Hardcover Edition is now scarce. Presents Colm Toibin's sensational debut. The title refers to Spain, which Northern Irish like the celebrated journalist Colm Toibin refer to as The South. "A strong and moving work about the hard truths of changing one's life. Colm Toibin, like his characters, never says too much and never lets us grow too uncomfortable. A grand achievement" (Don DeLillo). Very few journalists, especially very successful ones as the young Toibin was, make the transition from journalism to literature. There is a long list of genre writers ("journalist-turned-thriller writer" is an honorable career change) but only a handful of "journalist-turned-literary artist". Colm Toibin is one of these blessed few, and we have been blessed with his exquisite prose for more than twenty years now. An absolute "must-have" edition for Colm Toibin collectors. This is a Review Copy, and it is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Colm Toibin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Laid-in is the Review Material. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed Review Copy of the First British Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COLM TOIBIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0330339850. $150.00

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