Achingly poignant and wryly funny, Irish author Anne Griffin's luminous debut is a celebration of stolen joy and lost opportunities
An accomplished debut. A sensitive layered description of grief and regret . . . excellent
A rich, fluid debut novel
Griffin's stunning debut, brimming with irresistible Irish-isms, is an elegy to love, loss and the complexity of life.
A heart-warming, heart-breaking and poignant debut of rare power.
A beautifully written, perfectly paced, heartfelt novel
A rich and moving story, a poetic voice and unforgettable character in Maurice
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
[An] impressively confident debut ... Maurice Hannigan emerges as an engaging, compassionate creation
A book to savour, and pass on. An absolute joy
Griffin's strength is in voice and in the rhythm of her prose ... She is excellent at interrogating the complexity of Maurice's barriers
When All Is Said tells the tale of an imperfect man who you will not be able to forget.
A proper tear-jerker, but one that will ultimately leave you feeling hopeful
A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner.
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.
This is how you tell a story
A fine literary debut from a writer I'm sure we'll hear more from
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
There is something special here . . . The next big name to emerge from the Irish writing scene.
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.
A heartfelt and impressive debut novel
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.
Anne Griffin's first novel has taken Ireland by storm . . . Immediate, often funny, sometimes dark and, on occasion, devastatingly sad.
Beautifully written, this is a feast of Irish storytelling
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.
[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.
Will stay with you long after you close the cover
A warm and nourishing story from a writer of much promise.
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.
Poetic and touching without being sentimental, When All Is Said by Anne Griffin is something special.
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.
[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
A warm and wise treasure of a book with a character whose voice draws you in from the start
Pitch-perfect prose ... Moving and beautifully written, this is a wonderfully assured debut.
Griffin's debut is a beautiful and poignant page-turner.
Superb ... incredibly moving without ever straying into sentiment
Tissues at the ready for what is a confident yet carefully written debut . . . I adored it. Utterly recommended.
Anne Griffin's debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling - stunning!
This could be one of the big book hits of 2019
An emotional yet uplifting novel - we defy you not to fall in love with Maurice Hannigan and his heart-warming story.
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
Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, and a character you love from the off.
A powerful page-turner ... wonderfully poetic, atmospheric and moving.