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When All Is Said

Narrated by: Niall Buggy
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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

Five toasts, five people, five memories.  

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 15 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.

©2019 Anne Griffin (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears." (John Boyne)

 "A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner." (Donal Ryan) 

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  • C. P. McGregor
  • 02-05-19

A Life in Five Chapters

I once heard George RR Martin express pity for people who never read novels "because they only lead a single life". By contrast he suggested that a well written novel allowed the reader to walk in another person's footsteps and experience (for a few hours) an entirely different life.

Of course the rule doesn't apply to every novel but this book helps prove the wisdom of the epigram. In the course of five rhetorical toasts to his nearest and dearest an elderly Irish farmer relives the highs and lows of his life. There's no great drama but bags of emotional truth, a minor mystery and some good jokes.

Niall Buggy provides a spellbinding performance as the curmudgeonly narrator and although I've only just finished the book it feels like one of those novels which I will return to in my mind in years to come. I understand it to be a debut novel but it is an incredibly assured and authentic portrayal of an ordinary life which can stand toe to toe with the best of John McGahern, Alistair MacLeod or Kent Haruf. My life is better for having read it.

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  • Jackie Cody
  • 02-03-19

amazingly beautiful

This has to be one of the most beautifulist books i've ever read. I loved Maurice from the first moment we met. the narration was wonderful and the narrator made you feel you were sitting with Maurice while he was telling his story. I can say nothing else about this book only you won't regret reading it.

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  • Scotsgirl.
  • 01-29-19

Engrossing.

Loved the story, loved the narrator. One man's life story of living in rural Ireland during the 20th century. Amusing sometimes with some sadness too. I wish it wasn't finished I enjoyed it so much.

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  • julie watson
  • 01-26-19

Brilliant!

What an excellent book, and made all the more so by the fantastic narrator. I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Mr Richard G Dowd
  • 02-19-19

Wonderful!

One of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Maurice is a brilliantly crafted character, full of love and pathos. The narrator Niall Buggy is quite simply superb.

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  • A. Nagle
  • 02-16-19

Beautiful

I didn't want this book to end. The story is a simple one but written with such heart, It wrung me out, SO emotional. It's a must hear/read/love!

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  • Kelly
  • 02-15-19

Wonderful

A Beautifully poignant book with superb narration I can’t recommend it enough a must listen.

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  • Louise Farrell
  • 02-15-19

Superb narration

This is a wonderful book , great writing and extraordinary narration. I wonder if it is because I am Irish that I enjoyed it so much but I think that its themes are universal. It has a complex main character who surprises the listener continually. Niall Buggy is just masterful, a joy to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-13-19

A delightful book, beautifulv read by Niall Buggy.

This book made me laugh and made me cry, I listened once and turned around and listened again. I love it all