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
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About Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist. She was educated at University College Dublin where she received her MA in Creative Writing


    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...

  • 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 ...

  • Karen

    4+ 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 ...

  • Dem

    I absolutely hated having to step down from that Bar Stool by the end of this Novel, but I dont want to over stay my welcome as there are many customers awaiting that stool so they can take a turn ge...

  • Elyse Walters

    “Five toasts, five people, five memories”. Maurice Hannigan is 84 years old... sitting in the bar of the Rainsford Hotel in Ireland on a Saturday night in June. The hotel is part of Maurice’s h...

  • Felicia

    3.5 Stars 🌟I'll begin this review by explaining why I chose this book in the first place. To put it simply, the author is Irish. I have become an avid fan of the modern Irish authors of late, John ...

  • Kendall

    Woo hoo!! Just got my copy... won this in a Goodreads giveaway! :) This never happens!! EEEEK with excitement....

  • Cheri

    ”A room is a still a room, even when there's nothin' there but gloomBut a room is not a house and a house is not a homeWhen the two of us are far apartAnd one of us has a broken heart” --A House...

  • Louise Wilson

    At the bar in a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84 year old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone as usual. So pull up a chair and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. ...