Publication Date: 27/06/2019 ISBN: 9781473683020 Category:

When All is Said

Anne Griffin

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 27/06/2019 ISBN: 9781473683020 Category:
Paperback / Softback





‘A rare jewel’ John Banville
‘A genuine page-turner’ Donal Ryan
‘This is how you tell a story’ Cecelia Ahern

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual – though tonight is anything but.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories – of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice – the life of one man will powerfully and poignantly be laid bare.

‘A book to savour and pass on. An absolute joy’ Sunday Mirror
‘A rich and moving story, a poetic voice and unforgettable character in Maurice’ Elle

Publisher Review

A gentle tale of an irascible Irish farmer, who spends the last day of his life toasting the five people who have meant the most to him- sure to move even the stoniest of hearts * Independent * Nearly 40 years of publishing has made me a cynical reviewer of books, but, oh my god, it's impossible to be churlish about discovering such a fabulous and unforgettable character. A one-hit wonder this is not * NB Magazine * Anne Griffin's first novel has taken Ireland by storm . . . Immediate, often funny, sometimes dark and, on occasion, devastatingly sad. -- Audio book review * The Times * A portrait of a life in which revenge, love, loss, and misunderstanding all play their part . . . This is a wonderful piece of story-telling that is intimate, compassionate and extraordinarily assured. -- Summer Holiday Reads * Daily Mail * Beautifully realized * LitHub * An accomplished debut. A sensitive layered description of grief and regret . . . excellent * Minneapolis Star Tribune * Griffin's stunning debut, brimming with irresistible Irish-isms, is an elegy to love, loss and the complexity of life. * People Magazine * A heart-warming, heart-breaking and poignant debut of rare power. * NetGalley Books of 2019 * Achingly poignant and wryly funny, Irish author Anne Griffin's luminous debut is a celebration of stolen joy and lost opportunities * Waterstones Weekly * Tissues at the ready for what is a confident yet carefully written debut . . . I adored it. Utterly recommended. * Woman's Way * A beautifully written, perfectly paced, heartfelt novel * Saga * When All Is Said tells the tale of an imperfect man who you will not be able to forget. * Irish Country Magazine * [Maurice's] story will make you laugh and cry - When All Is Said is a wonderful debut novel from Anne Griffin. She says she "wanted to write a damn good story". She has succeeded beyond her dreams. * My Weekly * Superb ... incredibly moving without ever straying into sentiment * People * A fine literary debut from a writer I'm sure we'll hear more from * Mature Times * Griffin's debut is a beautiful and poignant page-turner. * Image Magazine * A warm and nourishing story from a writer of much promise. * RTE Guide * Maurice Hannigan is one of those rare and unforgettable characters whose lives we enter, inhabit for a time all too brief, and emerge from deeply changed. Anne Griffin is a writer with a bright, bright future. -- Janet Peery When All Is Said captures the texture of a night catching up with an old friend - the pleasures and comforts, the stories and surprises - one that you never want to end, and all the more bittersweet because you know, of course, that it must. -- Kathleen Rooney A powerful page-turner ... wonderfully poetic, atmospheric and moving. -- Dierdre O'Brien * Best * Beautifully written, this is a feast of Irish storytelling * Choice * Will stay with you long after you close the cover * Irish Mail on Sunday * An emotional yet uplifting novel - we defy you not to fall in love with Maurice Hannigan and his heart-warming story. * Woman's Weekly * Poetic and touching without being sentimental, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is something special. * Good Housekeeping * A heartfelt and impressive debut novel * Sunday Business Post * A rich, fluid debut novel * The I Newspaper * Griffin's strength is in voice and in the rhythm of her prose ... She is excellent at interrogating the complexity of Maurice's barriers * Irish Independent * An atmospheric debut ... The most impressive aspects of this first novel are its rich, flowing prose, it's convincing voice and it's imaginative and clever structure ... Griffin is a welcome arrival to the literary scene * Irish Times * This could be one of the big book hits of 2019 * Red Magazine * It's all beautifully done; a tale told in the plain but poetic prose of a man who recognises the tragic truths gleaned from a life of love and loss. A gem of a book * Sunday Express * A rich and moving story, a poetic voice and unforgettable character in Maurice * Elle * A warm and wise treasure of a book with a character whose voice draws you in from the start * The I * A proper tear-jerker, but one that will ultimately leave you feeling hopeful * Grazia * Pitch-perfect prose ... Moving and beautifully written, this is a wonderfully assured debut. * Mail on Sunday * As candid a portrait of human frailty as you're likely to find. Griffin is uncannily accurate in her depiction of that peculiarly Irish emotional paralysis we're all familiar with. * Sunday Independent * Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off. -- Kit de Waal [Anne Griffin] builds a remarkably rich sense of place, while also tracing the wider changes affecting Ireland. ...Maurice is a lovingly rendered example of the current vogue for characters who have fallen through the cracks * Sunday Times * This is how you tell a story -- Cecelia Ahern Maurice Hannigan is a wonderful invention, whose bitter-sweet meditations will stay long in the reader's mind. Anne Griffin has fashioned a rare jewel. -- John Banville A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner. -- Donal Ryan A book to savour, and pass on. An absolute joy * Sunday Mirror * Griffin is a magical storyteller whose prose is effortless and clear. She conjures an intimate, poignant and ultimately enthralling portrait of a man who has battled loneliness and other demons throughout his life. Maurice is superbly well-realised: a character who tries to make amends and, in so doing, cracked my heart. -- Fanny Blake * Daily Mail * There is something special here . . . The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene. -- John Boyne Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling - stunning! -- Graham Norton [An] impressively confident debut ... Maurice Hannigan emerges as an engaging, compassionate creation * Guardian *

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