When All Is Said

When All Is Said

A tale of a single night. The story of a lifetime.

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done?

This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

Beautifully written, powerfully felt, When All Is Said promises to be the next great Irish novel.

Title:When All Is Said
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250200587

    When All Is Said Reviews

  • Emily May

    "I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again." When All Is Said tells the life story of Maurice Hannigan. Now an elderly man, he sits alone in the bar of the Rainfo...

  • Angela M

    There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give more stars. This is one of them. There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which afte...

  • Meredith

    A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life, loss, and, most significantly, love.“I’m here to remember -- all that I have been and all that I will never be again.” One night in Meath, Ireland ...

  • Paromjit

    This is an exceptional, undeniably Irish, debut from Anne Griffin, the prose is effortlessly engaging and it is simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming as we get intimately acquainted with the...

  • Katie B

    This is a perfect example of a book I didn't want to end. I just fell in love with the main character to the point that by the end of the story I felt like he was an old friend. Maybe this book isn't ...

  • Diane S ?

    An unforgettable first novel. A quissessentially Irish novel, filled with melancholy and angst, with some great storytelling. Maurice is 84, his beloved wife Sadie gone now for two years. His only chi...

  • Karen

    I am becoming a huge fan of Irish stories and authors!I loved 84 year old Maurice, who has lost his beloved wife 2 yrs ago, and isn’t doing well without her.He plans a memorable night at a hotel bar...

  • Dem

    This is my second reading of this novel in a few months as it was chosen as our April sit in book club read and what a lovely re-read this book was. I started out listening to this one on Audio but t...

  • marilyn

    Eighty four year old Maurice Hannigan is ready to say goodbye. All his affairs are in order, property sold, dog given to new owners, money in various accounts for various people, things given away, bo...

  • Christine

    4.5 rounded to 5 starsGosh, I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high quality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering. Maeve Binchy, Patricia Gibney, Tana French, John Boyne, ...