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When All is Said

by Anne Griffin

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

When All is Said Synopsis

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.

'I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again.'

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. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. 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 be powerfully and poignantly laid bare. Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said. 

When All is Said Press Reviews

A heart-warming, heart-breaking and poignant debut of rare power. - NetGalley Books of 2019

This is how you tell a story -- Cecelia Ahern Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off. -- Kit de Waal 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, National Book Award finalist In the twilight of his long and eventful life, Irishman Maurice Hannigan still possesses the deep and mellow voice that his grandmother once told him 'could melt icebergs-a voice that debut author Anne Griffin renders with wit, verve, and endearing irascibility. 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, author of LILIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observer, masterful story telling - stunning! -- Graham Norton A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner. -- Donal Ryan There is something special here . . . The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene. -- John Boyne -

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ISBN: 9781473682993
Publication date: 24/01/2019
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781473682993
Publication date: 24th January 2019
Author: Anne Griffin
Publisher: Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin is the winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition, Anne's work has been featured in, amongst others, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. She's worked in Waterstones branches in both Dublin and London, and for various charities. Born in Dublin, Anne now lives in Mullingar, Ireland, with her husband and son. When All is Said is her debut novel.

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