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When All Is Said

A Novel
Written by: Anne Griffin
Narrated by: Niall Buggy
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears." (John Boyne, New York Times best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)

"I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again."

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?

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 powerful and poignantly laid bare.

Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

©2019 Anne Griffin (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

What the critics say

“Beautiful. Intimate. Tearful. Aching and lyrical. So simply and beautifully told.” (Louise Penny, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"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, New York Times best-selling author of Time Pieces and Man Booker Prize award-winning author of The Sea)

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What a yarn

I loved everything About this story if you were raised in an Irish family you will know how every nuance is true. I highly recommend this and the writer and narrator deserves accolades galore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-14

"Grief is the price we pay for love" Qn Eliz II

I'm not so much a fiction reader, but this story really struck me. Indeed, a poetic novel, beautifully written, with themes from of the real gritty side of love, to the sympathy of an enemy, and the loss and despair that comes with it. This is all not yet to mention the narration of the novel. Very rich and genuine. By my second read through (the book is not exactly in chronological order and you may pick up on detail previously missed) i was moved to tears. The writing was amazing but the voice is what personally made me emotional.
Easy 5 star rating from me!

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  • Tara
  • 2019-03-11

gorgeous tragic and poignant .....

loved it loved insight loved family histories enriching and warm ....love being the Begining and the end of all ends

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  • julie
  • 2019-07-28

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

What a beautifully written and narrated book. I loved every moment of it. I was sad when it ended!

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  • MK
  • 2019-07-16

Really well done

This was such a touching book. The Irish brogue I came to look forward to, like an old friend. I felt this was very well written. I laughed and cried. I felt I was witness to this sweet man’s life. I would recommend this book.

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  • E. Pouncey
  • 2019-07-13

Emotional ride

Gripping story, even though from the first lines i knew the end, getting to know Morris and Sadie was such a joy.

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  • Amanda
  • 2019-06-17

Loved it

Well written, and perfect narration. Loved the characters. Emotional but not in a sappy way. Great story.

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  • K. Peters
  • 2019-09-13

Fantastic story and writing

Loved this book! Story was original and love the way it was told. So different and entertaining for a book without a lot of real "action". Just a beautiful story about family, love, pain and loss. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Lolly Winston
  • 2019-07-12

Beautiful book

I just think there should be some mental health info at the end of the book. International hotlines for people with suicidal ideation. But gorgeous story. Funny, poignant, heartbreaking. Loved it.

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  • GK
  • 2019-07-02

Good fiction

I usually don’t like fiction but this was really good!! Although it was sad, it makes you think about how you treat your loved ones!!

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  • justler781
  • 2019-05-27

Performance Plus!

Excellent performance by Niall Buggy. Beautiful story, funny at times, but exceptionally sad. Reminiscent of John Boyne. Enjoy!