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'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

'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

One of the most buzzed about books in years, ‘When All is Said’ is a moving, poignant and masterful piece of storytelling from debut Irish author Anne Griffin.

Following 84 year old Maurice Hannigan as he narrates the story of his life through a series of five toasts he makes to the people who have meant the most to him throughout his lifetime, it’s already being hailed as one of this year’s must read books.

We were delighted to welcome Anne Griffin to the Eason blog to read a short excerpt from her acclaimed debut - click on the video below to hear an extract from what is sure to be one of the year’s biggest word-of-mouth hits.


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When All is Said by Anne Griffin

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime. '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.