When a book like this is placed in your hands, it changes the way you view reading forever. This breath-taking, masterly debut follows the life of Maurice Hannigan, a successful but flawed man from Meath. As he sits at a bar, toasting the joys and regrets of his life, his voice is one you won’t easily forget, written in a language that wraps itself around you and holds you in its grip. This is a novel of huge insight and sensitivity.
- Aileen Smyth, Dubray Rathmines
'An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears.' John Boyne
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, an Irish farmer. Over the course of a Saturday night in June, he orders five drinks at the Rainsford House Hotel, and with each he toasts a key person from his life: his adored older brother; his troubled sister-in-law; his daughter of fifteen minutes; his son far off in America; and his late, much missed wife. Through these people, the ones who have left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.
Exquisitely written and powerfully felt, When All is Said promises to be the next great Irish novel.
'A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner.' Donal Ryan