When All is Said (Paperback)Anne Griffin (author)
Through one man’s twilight-hour toasts to five people who defined his life, Griffin weaves a powerful and tender depiction of ordinary existence in all its flawed and quiet glory. Warm, compassionate and wryly funny, When All Is Said is an understated literary gem.
Our Fiction Book of the Month for July 2019
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.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18 mm
'There is something special here ... The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene.' - John Boyne
'A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner.' - Donal Ryan
'Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observer, masterful story telling - stunning!' - Graham Norton
'Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off.' - Kit de Waal
'This is how you tell a story.' - Cecelia Ahern
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