Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.
Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime.
'A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner.' Donal Ryan
'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.
'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
'When All Is Said catches a world in a moment. 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
'Masterful storytelling' Graham Norton
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.
There is something special here . . . The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene. — John Boyne
[An] impressively confident debut ... Maurice Hannigan emerges as an engaging, compassionate creation — Guardian
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
Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling - stunning! — Graham Norton
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
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
This could be one of the big book hits of 2019 — Red magazine
Poetic and touching without being sentimental, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is something special. — Good Housekeeping
A powerful page-turner ... wonderfully poetic, atmospheric and moving. — Dierdre O'Brien, Best
An ingenious narrative — Stylist
When All Is Said tells the tale of an imperfect man who you will not be able to forget. — Irish Country Magazine
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 heart-warming, heart-breaking and poignant debut of rare power. — NetGalley Books of 2019
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
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
A fine literary debut from a writer I'm sure we'll hear more from — Mature Times
An emotional yet uplifting novel - we defy you not to fall in love with Maurice Hannigan and his heart-warming story. — Woman's Weekly