When All is Said



Stock Availability:

Format:  Paperback

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime. 'This is how you tell a story' Cecelia Ahern'An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears.' John Boyne '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. 'A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a ge



Order before 10.30am for next day delivery.


Before books can be returned, they must be authorised by the Company. The invoice number relating to the original charging of the goods must be quoted. (Returnable books become firm sale 12 months after purchase). All Stationery and associated products are sold firm sale. N.B. Books with a status flag of “F/S” are sold Firm Sale.


Have you read this book?  Write your own review

What the critics say

[An] impressively confident debut ... Maurice Hannigan emerges as an engaging, compassionate creation Guardian Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling - stunning! Graham Norton There is something special here . . . The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene. John Boyne 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. Daily Mail - Fanny Blake A book to savour, and pass on. An absolute joy Sunday Mirror A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner. Donal Ryan 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 This is how you tell a story Cecelia Ahern [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 Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off. Kit de Waal 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 Pitch-perfect prose ... Moving and beautifully written, this is a wonderfully assured debut. Mail on Sunday A proper tear-jerker, but one that will ultimately leave you feeling hopeful Grazia A warm and wise treasure of a book with a character whose voice draws you in from the start The I A rich and moving story, a poetic voice and unforgettable character in Maurice Elle 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 This could be one of the big book hits of 2019 Red Magazine 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 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 A rich, fluid debut novel The I Newspaper A heartfelt and impressive debut novel Sunday Business Post Poetic and touching without being sentimental, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is something special. Good Housekeeping An emotional yet uplifting novel - we defy you not to fall in love with Maurice Hannigan and his heart-warming story. Woman's Weekly Will stay with you long after you close the cover Irish Mail on Sunday Beautifully written, this is a feast of Irish storytelling Choice A powerful page-turner ... wonderfully poetic, atmospheric and moving. Best - Dierdre O'Brien 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 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 A warm and nourishing story from a writer of much promise. RTE Guide Griffin's debut is a beautiful and poignant page-turner. Image Magazine A fine literary debut from a writer I'm sure we'll hear more from Mature Times