Brooklyn

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.

Episodes

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01An Unlooked-for Offer *20090511

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.

01An Unlooked-for Offer *20090511

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 Adieu *20090512

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.

02Farewell And Adieu *20090512

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 Home *20090513

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.

03Letters From Home *20090513

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 Comfort *20090514

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.

04Christmas Comfort *20090514

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 Pot *20090515

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.

05The Melting Pot *20090515

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 Family *20090518

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.

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

06Meeting The Family *20090518

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.

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

07Coney Island *20090519

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.

07Coney Island *20090519

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 Home *20090520

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.

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

08Too Far From Home *20090520

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.

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

09Being Rose's Ghost20090521

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.

09Being Rose's Ghost20090521

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.

10 LASTTorn In Two *20090522

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.

10 LASTTorn In Two *20090522

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.