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Anne Griffin

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

Anne was awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature, recognising previous and current works. Amongst others, she has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Award.

Anne's debut novel ‘When All Is Said’ will be published by Sceptre in the UK and Ireland on 24th January, 2019 and by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Canada on the 5th March, 2019. It will also be published by Rowohlt Verlag in Germany, Delcourt in France, by Harper Collins Holland in the Netherlands, by Wydawnictwo Czarna in Poland, and by Tyto Alba in Lithuania .



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Anne Griffin I was on a cycling holiday in the west of Ireland and one evening happened into a rural hotel. There at the bar was an old man I began to chat to. As …moreI was on a cycling holiday in the west of Ireland and one evening happened into a rural hotel. There at the bar was an old man I began to chat to. As he was readying to leave to talk to another couple who had entered the bar he turned to me and said: "But you know I won't see the morning" and walked away. I was astounded. I needed to know why he would have said that, but it was too late to ask. The next day on the last leg of our cycling trip, I wrote the story of Maurice Hannigan, a cantankerous, single-minded, successful Irish farmer, who finds himself at the bar of his local hotel on a very significant evening of his life. There he grapples with all he has been: his triumphs, his failures, his flaws, his loves, his losses. Over five hours, five toasts and five stories we end up moving closer to solving the mystery of Maurice's Hannigan's life and just what will happen come midnight.(less)
Anne Griffin Hi Huso,
Great question. I actually didn't have any difficulty with this. And I hope I pulled it off. Maurice's voice came to me so strongly that it ne…more
Hi Huso,
Great question. I actually didn't have any difficulty with this. And I hope I pulled it off. Maurice's voice came to me so strongly that it never occurred to me that it might be something I really had to work at. I could hear his voice very clearly in my head as I wrote. It wasn't until after I finished it and had a publication deal that people started to ask that question and only then I realised that perhaps it was a slightly unusual thing to do. But I think once the voice is strong enough in your head it doesn't matter if it is a different gender from you, at least that's how it feels for me. I often write in a male voice and really enjoy it. I equally enjoy writing in a woman's voice. Here's the thing, I guess once I understand the characters motivation in life, I can get in there and really get them expressing themselves. Hope that answers it, Huso. Many thanks. Anne(less)
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When All Is Said

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A Novel Idea 2020

Deschutes Library, Oregon, have chosen When All Is Said as their #Novelidea book in 2020. I love this clever program that rallies a whole community to read one book at the same time. It's been running for seventeen years and has included such great books as The Kite Runner and The Help. One big book group. Brilliant. It's a complete honour to have been chosen. In May 2020, I'll travel to meet and Read more of this blog post »
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“No one, no one really knows loss until it’s someone you love. The deep-down kind of love that holds on to your bones and digs itself right in under your fingernails, as hard to budge as the years of compacted earth. And when it’s gone … it’s as if it’s been ripped from you. Raw and exposed, you stand dripping blood all over the good feckin’ carpet. Half-human, half-dead, one foot already in the grave.”
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“I’m here to remember – all that I have been and all that I will never be again.”
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“I only ever wanted to belong to one person and she wasn’t in that room. And in my heart I knew that even if I was a man comfortable with all the small talk it would take to break into that new life, I didn’t want it. I simply did not want it.”
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