Colm Toibin - Brooklyn [book At Bedtime]

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01An Unlooked-for Offer20170918 (BBC7)
20090511 (BBC7)
20151026 (BBC7)
20151027 (BBC7)

When a priest comes home from America, he recognises both Eilis' plight and her potential.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

The novel opens in the small town of Enniscorthy in the south east of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who can find no work. Her three brothers have already left to seek their fortunes in England; she, her sister Rose and her widowed mother are all that remain at home.

When a priest comes home from America for a holiday, he recognises both Eilis' plight and her potential.

When a priest comes home from America, he recognises both Eilis' plight and her potential."

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

The novel opens in the small town of Enniscorthy in the south east of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who can find no work. Her three brothers have already left to seek their fortunes in England; she, her sister Rose and her widowed mother are all that remain at home.

When a priest comes home from America for a holiday, he recognises both Eilis' plight and her potential."

02Farewell And Adieu20170919 (BBC7)
20090512 (BBC7)
20151027 (BBC7)
20151028 (BBC7)

Prompted by Father Flood, Rose sets about organising her younger sister.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Prompted by Father Flood, home from America for a holiday, Rose sets about organising her younger sister. Almost before she knows it, or has had time to say goodbye, Eilis is crossing the Atlantic, heading for a job on the shop floor of a Brooklyn department store, lodgings with an Irish landlady and a brand new life.

Prompted by Father Flood, Rose sets about organising her younger sister."

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Prompted by Father Flood, home from America for a holiday, Rose sets about organising her younger sister. Almost before she knows it, or has had time to say goodbye, Eilis is crossing the Atlantic, heading for a job on the shop floor of a Brooklyn department store, lodgings with an Irish landlady and a brand new life.

03Letters From Home20090513 (BBC7)
20151029 (BBC7)
20170920 (BBC7)
20151028 (BBC7)

Letters from home remind Eilis of just what she is missing.

Letters from home remind Eilis of just what she is missing.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Eilis has lodgings with an Irish landlady and a job on the shop floor of a department store. Every day a whole world of things are new, but letters from home remind her of just what she is missing.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Eilis has lodgings with an Irish landlady and a job on the shop floor of a department store. Every day a whole world of things are new, but letters from home remind her of just what she is missing.

04Christmas Comfort20170921 (BBC7)
20090514 (BBC7)
20151029 (BBC7)
20151030 (BBC7)

Christmas looms, as Eilis struggles to adapt to her new life far from home.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Christmas looms, as Eilis struggles to adapt to her new life in a city far from home. But she is not the only member of the Irish diaspora feeling homesick - helping Father Flood tend to his flock brings comfort and cheer.

Christmas looms, as Eilis struggles to adapt to her new life far from home."

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Christmas looms, as Eilis struggles to adapt to her new life in a city far from home. But she is not the only member of the Irish diaspora feeling homesick - helping Father Flood tend to his flock brings comfort and cheer.

05The Melting Pot20090515 (BBC7)
20151031 (BBC7)
20170922 (BBC7)
20151030 (BBC7)

Eilis fights the prejudice of her fellow lodgers.

Eilis fights the prejudice of her fellow lodgers.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

As Bartocci's opens its doors to all customers, whatever their colour, Eilis fights the prejudice of her fellow lodgers. Even at Father Flood's Irish dance night, not everyone is Irish.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

As Bartocci's opens its doors to all customers, whatever their colour, Eilis fights the prejudice of her fellow lodgers. Even at Father Flood's Irish dance night, not everyone is Irish.

06Meeting The Family20170925 (BBC7)
20090518 (BBC7)
20151102 (BBC7)
20151103 (BBC7)

Eilis' romance with Tony Fiorello blossoms and she experiences her first Italian meal.

Eilis' romance with Tony Fiorello blossoms and she experiences her first Italian meal.

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Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

As Eilis' romance with Tony Fiorello blossoms, life in Brooklyn takes on a new rhythm and it is time for Eilis to experience her first Italian meal."

07Coney Island20090519 (BBC7)
20151104 (BBC7)
20170926 (BBC7)
20151103 (BBC7)

Tony takes Eilis for a trip to Coney Island to celebrate her exam success.

Tony takes Eilis for a trip to Coney Island to celebrate her exam success.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Tony takes Eilis for a trip to Coney Island to celebrate her exam success. But Eilis' new found happiness is short-lived, as news from home turns her American life sour.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Tony takes Eilis for a trip to Coney Island to celebrate her exam success. But Eilis' new found happiness is short-lived, as news from home turns her American life sour.

08Too Far From Home20170927 (BBC7)
20090520 (BBC7)
20151104 (BBC7)
20151105 (BBC7)

Eilis' happiness in Brooklyn has been shattered by the news of her beloved sister's death.

Eilis' happiness in Brooklyn has been shattered by the news of her beloved sister's death.

"

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Eilis' happiness in Brooklyn has been shattered by the news of her beloved sister's death and Tony is the only one who can offer her comfort."

09Being Rose's Ghost20170928 (BBC7)
20090521 (BBC7)
20151105 (BBC7)
20151106 (BBC7)

Following her sister's death, Eilis returns to her lonely mother for a month's visit.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Following her sister's death, Eilis returns to her lonely mother in Enniscorthy for a month's visit. Once there it is hard to tell the truth about her last action in America, and harder still to resist the lure of the familiar.

Following her sister's death, Eilis returns to her lonely mother for a month's visit."

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Following her sister's death, Eilis returns to her lonely mother in Enniscorthy for a month's visit. Once there it is hard to tell the truth about her last action in America, and harder still to resist the lure of the familiar.

10Torn In Two20170929 (BBC7)
20090522 (BBC7)
20151106 (BBC7)
20151107 (BBC7)

Back home to comfort her mother, Eilis has been unable to resist the lure of the familiar.

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Home for a holiday and to comfort her grieving mother, Eilis has been unable to resist the lure of the familiar. Meanwhile, Tony waits for her in Brooklyn.

Back home to comfort her mother, Eilis has been unable to resist the lure of the familiar."

Niamh Cusack reads Colm Toibin's story of duty, love and a girl who moved from the south of Ireland to seek a new life in New York in the 1950s.

Home for a holiday and to comfort her grieving mother, Eilis has been unable to resist the lure of the familiar. Meanwhile, Tony waits for her in Brooklyn.