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When All Is Said

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,215 ratings  ·  670 reviews
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
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 24th 2019)
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-lit, arc, 2019
"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 Rainford House Hotel. Over the course of one evening, he raises toasts to five different people as he recounts the story of his life up until that moment. Like all lives, Maurice's has moments of pure happiness, moments of darkness and misery, mistakes made and things left unsaid. I think perhaps the quie
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A subtly beautiful story that celebrates life, loss, and, most significantly, love.

“I’m here to remember -- all that I have been and all that I will never be again.”

One night in Meath, Ireland at a hotel 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people. In doing so, he recounts those who have shaped his life in the most important ways. His tribute to these five individuals reveals his accomplishments, regrets, and unwavering love for his friends, family, and his wife, Sadie.

This i
Angela M
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are 5 star books and then there are five star books with a story that make me wish I could give more stars. This is one of them. There are debut novels and then there are debut novels which after I’ve finished reading, have me thinking, wow what a debut and hoping that the author is working on her next book. This is one of them.

I don’t drink much beer, let alone one “not from the fridge” and certainly not stout. I don’t like whiskey at all, but I wanted to be sitting at this bar in Irelan
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 life and times of 84 year old Maurice Hannigan. Hannigan has packed up his life, leaving no loose threads prior to booking the most exclusive suite at the Rainsford House Hotel. Early on, we cotton on to how the night will end, but before that, Maurice settles in for an evening at the hotel bar to ...more
Katie B
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 going to be special for everyone, but I found it to be incredibly touching and brilliant.

84-year-old Maurice Hannigan takes a seat at a hotel bar in a small Irish town. Before the night is over, he will toast 5 people who made an impact in his life.

The thing I kept thinking about while reading is
Diane S ☔
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An unforgettable first novel. A quissessentially Irish novel, filled with melancholy and angst, with some great storytelling. Maurice is 84, his beloved wife Sadie gone now for two years. His only child, a son lives in America with his family. He now sits at a bar in a restaurant, intending to toast the five individuals who had the greatest impact on his life. He has reserved the VIP suite for the night. The bar where he sits, the hotel he is in, had once been the house of the wealthiest family ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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 bar that holds a personal history...and through the course of the night makes narrative toasts with a fine whiskey to five people, this followed by a stay in the honeymoon suite at the same hotel.
At each toast during this night, we find out the history of Maurice and the significance of each of these fiv
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 getting to know Maurice and his life story .
A thought provoking and captivating novel that will quite likely break your heart. I adored it. This is a debut novel by Anne Griffen, and I can see why this lady has won the John McGahern award and short listed for the Hennessy award as her imagination a
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Diane review 5
4.5 rounded to 5 stars

Gosh, I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high quality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering. Maeve Binchy, Patricia Gibney, Tana French, John Boyne, and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of the wonderful Irish authors I have been delighted to come across since joining Goodreads five years ago.

This book is shockingly a debut as a honey of a gem it is! It features Maurice, an 84-year-old Irish farmer, who has lost nearly everything and everyone
What a grand Irish tale and well done debut! I truly wanted to start at the beginning and read it again!

Encouraged....Supported....and I'm guessing Inspired by John Boyne, Anne Griffin has given me my first SUPER FAVORITE of 2019.

Let's start with.....the home, nursing home, that is...."What poor widow or widower living alone out there hasn't dreaded its arrival." Mr. Maurice Hannigan nicknamed 'Big Man' by his beloved older brother, and get ready to travel through his tumultuous

Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Eighty four year old Maurice Hannigan is ready to say goodbye. All his affairs are in order, property sold, dog given to new owners, money in various accounts for various people, things given away, boxes packed with names of who gets the contents, everything done and sorted so he can enter a nursing home the next day. At least that is where he tells those in the know, that he is going.

There are five people whose memories he want to toast first though. One of the most poignant is the toast to hi
Larry H
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Imagine you're on travel by yourself and you decide to spend an evening at a local pub. You're seated at the bar and one of the bar's patrons starts speaking—partially to you and partially to himself.

With nothing else to do, you listen to the man tell his stories. At first you're not sure what to make of it all, but little by little, you find yourself fairly engrossed in what he has to say. Sometimes his conversation is entertaining, sometimes it meanders a little too much,
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old man walks into a bar and sits down for the last time. He’s come to toast 5 people who have had the most impact on his life.
Tony, his beloved uncle, always supportive and giving him courage.
Molly, the ghost of a daughter, who becomes his voice and conscience* for what is right and wrong.
Doreen the beloved sister in law whose acceptance won him a place with his in-laws.
Kevin, the journalist and son, who he was very proud of but couldn’t express it.
And Sadie, the love of his life.
A reflecti
Elyse Walters
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 history and his memories.
He planned his Saturday night.....had a clear purpose.....
a toast to his brother, daughter, son, sister-in-law, and wife ( who died two years ago).

I love the idea and significance of this book.
Maurice may have picked only 5 people to toast who have shaped his life but he also i
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First 5 star novel of 2019!

Anne Griffin is amazingly talented. She had me sitting in the bar with Maurice, listening to him make a toast at 84 years old to each of his five favourite people. Maurice had me laughing, crying, getting angry — including at him more than a few times — and shaking my head. Maurice grew up in a village near Dublin, and he never left. But he managed to get out of the poverty of his childhood, marry Sadie, have his son Kevin, and amass more than a few grudges and regrets

”A room is a still a room, even when there's nothin' there but gloom
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart”

--A House is Not a Home, Luther Vandross, Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David

Maurice Hannigan has lived eighty-four years as this story begins, sitting at the bar of the Rainsford House Hotel, Co. Meath, Ireland. He’s there to raise a toast to five people, all members of his family, in th
Louise Wilson
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. He will raise 5 toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Stories of joy, regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden and a fierce love that never found its voice.

What a heartwarming but also a heartbreaking story this is. A beautifully written story. An old man sits at the bar and toast th
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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 Boyne (who endorsed this book), Liz Nugent and Tana French just to name a few, and this debut by Anne Griffin definitely shows promise. I don't know what they are putting in the stout over there but it's working.

This story involves a night at a bar with 80+ year old Maurice as he makes a toast to the
3.5 stars in my sky

Here we go again. While everyone else is sparkly happy because they’re seeing a zillion stars, I’m sort of grumpy, because all I can see in my sky are 3 stars, no matter how much I squint. Well, three-and-a-half stars, if I’m being fair. Sigh. Funny, the blurb and the glowing reviews are so good, they almost convince me that I loved the book. But then I get real—it wasn’t a wow for me, it just wasn’t.

This is the story of an old man named Maurice, who, while sitting on a barst
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
This quiet novel almost had a Kent Haruf feel to it, but told with an Irish lilt in the written words.  The ones we have loved and lost stay with us for a lifetime.  They live on in our memories and in the memories of others who knew them. An old man reflects upon his life.  Sad and touching without being cloying.
Woo hoo!! Just got my copy... won this in a Goodreads giveaway! :) This never happens!! EEEEK with excitement.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

This was a moving and very quick read about a widower of two years who desperately misses his wife Sadie. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland. Maurice Hannigan is 84 years old. As he sits at the bar of a local hotel nursing one of many whiskeys, he's toasting, reminiscing, and sometimes making amends with important people in his life. It's as if he's narrating his whole life
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
First I saw that John Boyne recommended this book and then I saw five star reviews from several Goodreads members whose opinions I respect so of course I had to read it. And what a beautiful book it turned out to be!

I guess I am a total sucker for books about charming Irish men and 84 year old Maurice Hannigan is certainly charming. The whole book takes place between 6.25 pm and midnight on Saturday 7th June 2014, the second anniversary of the death of Maurice's much loved wife Sadie. He drinks
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written so purely, the string of emotions this novel stirred in me is massive. When All is Said is the story of 84 years old Maurice and 5 toasts he makes; on a milestone of his life, he is sitting on a barstool and remembers all 5 human beings with feelings of joy, pain, anger, regret, happiness, longing. It's so beautifully written, I confess it made me shed a tear or two, but it's more heartwarming than heart breaking, I promise. Isn't life itself is like that, and this is one of the books th ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this via goodreads giveaways ,thanks! All my opinions are my own.

Of all the money that e'er I had

I spent it in good company

And all the harm I've ever done

Alas it was to none but me

And all I've done for want of wit

To mem'ry now I can't recall

So fill to me the parting glass

Good night and joy be to you all
So fill to me the parting glass

And drink a health whate’er befall,

And gently rise and softly call

Good night and joy be to you all
Of all the comrades that e'er I had

Kristy K
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When All is Said is a poignant and heartfelt novel. It is slow, flawed, and beautiful and I got emotional many times while reading it. Maurice sits at a bar alone looking back over his life and makes a toast to five people who influenced and changed his life: his brother, his daughter, his sister-in-law, his son, and his wife.

He’s a cantankerous old man, in some ways reminiscent of Ove (A Man Called Ove), but where that book had dry humor this one is steeped in nostalgia. Early on you can see w
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am stunned. In the last 24 hours, I've been intimately involved in 84 year old Maurice Hannigan's life. Now I'm going to toast him and Anne Griffin. A truly emotional read. Just superb.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh man, this is a tough one. It is not often the case that I look at glowing reviews and think 'did we read the same book?!' but here we are... I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was going to love this, too! When All Is Said is a contemporary Irish novel about an old man named Maurice who's looking back at his life and giving a toast to the five people who had the greatest influence on him, most of whom are already dead. So it's a premise that promises nostalgia and regret and hea ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I can certainly see why this is one of the most anticipated books of 2019. It has a quiet, understated beauty to it that captures your heart right from the beginning; I knew pretty early on this was going to be an emotive experience, and I wasn't wrong. It doesn't shout its message, it merely whispers it, but it's all the more powerful because of that. This is a profound, moving and bittersweet story, and main character Maurice is a loveable, lonely guy of a certain age who is reminiscing ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 This books takes place over the course of an evening, where 84 year old Maurice Hannigan is sitting at a hotel bar and has five drinks and toasts five people who have been important to him in his life. The reader is taken through the life of Maurice from the time he was a young boy right up to this evening sitting at the bar. I thought this story was very well done and really felt a connection with Maurice and the other characters in his life. Everything that Maurice was and would never be ...more
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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 pu
“of the Irish kind, reserved and embarrassed” 4 likes
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