‘The Colony’ has been shortlisted for ‘Irish Novel of the Year’ at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022

‘The Colony’ has been longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022 and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2022

‘The Colony’ has been selected by The Times as one of the Best Books to Read This Summer


“The Colony: so brilliant in its quiet tragedy, so revealing in its precision. It haunts me.”

— TSITSI DANGAREMBGA, author of 'This Mournable Body'

“The Colony is a vivid and memorable book about art, land and language, love and sex, youth and age. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee’s strong prose.”

— SARAH MOSS, author of 'The Fell'
“Intelligent and provocative . . . What a relief it is to find a novel that treats the reader as a grown-up, that is fresh without chasing literary fashion, provocative but not shouty, and idiosyncratic but fully satisfying from the strange comedy of its opening pages to its decisive conclusion . . . The Colony contains multitudes — on families, on men and women, on rural communities — with much of it just visible on the surface, like the flicker of a smile or a shark in the water.”

“Austere and stark… a story about language and identity, about art, oppression, freedom and colonialism. The Colony is a novel about big, important things.”

— Financial Times

‘The Colony’ is Book of the Month

— Hatchard's, Piccadilly, London

“Magee is in control of every marvellous word. Her descriptions of a beautiful stretch of land within a beautiful but treacherous ocean are as dazzling as the sun-speckled glints on the ocean itself.”

— The Sunday Independent

“The Colony is a novel of outstanding resonance, with a portray of language in a post-colonial landscape that is both masterful and subtle.”

— The Sunday Business Post

“Magee’s involving and original novel considers questions of imperialism, ownership, power and exploitation on both a grand scale and an intimate one, obliquely and head-on . . . there is droll humour, too, and the whole is animated by her characters’ often entertaining back-and-forth.”

— Daily Mail

“The Colony offers beguiling insights into what it means to be the colonised and the coloniser and is a subtle portrait of character and place… beyond this, Magee’s delicate transporting novel is an impressive celebration of the need for connection.”

— Independent, Books of the Month