When All is Said

When All is Said

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/06/2019
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When All is Said
BEAUTIFUL! I didn't want to put this book down, an enjoyable read about a grumpy man Maurice, who finds himself in a pub he dislikes toasting five people i... READ MORE
Gemma at Elgin
When All is Said
What an absolute corker of a book!
This is my favourite book of the year so far and I've read a few and some very good ones at that. It's taken me some days to write this review, one because... READ MORE
Sam at West Bridgford
When All is Said
Moving and readable in equal measure
This is such a brilliant book. Maurice is such a fantastically feasible character; not without his flaws, he nonetheless inspires a tremendous amount of ... READ MORE
Joe at Doncaster
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Tender, cautious and beautiful.
There is something so special here - it is thoughtful, somewhat mournful and nostalgic. Griffin tiptoes the line between existence and lack of with great c... READ MORE
Lydia at Wakefield
When All is Said
A moving story of life and loss.
An entertaining novel about Maurice who goes into a bar one day and so begins the tale of five toasts to five people in his life. Each chapter is the stor... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
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Meaningful Storytelling And A Character Who Comes To Life Before Your Eyes
I read this in preparation for it being our Fiction Book of the Month, feeling a little sceptical as I am a huge fan of Mitch Albom's The Five People You M... READ MORE
Megan at Morpeth
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Beautiful and Down to Earth
5 toasts to the 5 people who played the largest roles in shaping a life, this is the story of Maurice Hannigan. A beautiful tale of love, loss and unexpect... READ MORE


Our Fiction Book of the Month for July 2019 Five toasts. Five people. One lifetime. I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again. 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 powerfully and poignantly laid bare. Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473683020
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 20 mm

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When All is Said
Recommended to me - passing on the recommendation
A member of staff in Kettering Waterstones recommended this book to me and I'm so glad I followed her advice. It's extraordinary. Beautifully written - the... READ MORE
Julia Thorley
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What a story
This is a fantastic read. Straight from the heart. You can feel every emotion of the characters.
Natalie Mekloufi
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Wasn't what i would usually read, but enjoyable
When All Is Said is a life story set in 5 parts as Maurice raises a toast to the 5 people in his life who have impacted his life the most. There are some p... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
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although I would agree this book was very well written it was incredibly depressing. I'm afraid I didn't come across any humorous moments it just seemed ... READ MORE
Tracey Bunn
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a wonderful story, beautifully told
Review phenomenal debut .. 5 whopping stars To say I adored this book is an understatement, it's a breathtaking debut, told as the rambling narrative of a... READ MORE
When All is Said
Great read
Have just finished this beautifully written book , Waterstones book of the month last month , so glad the member of staff recommended it to me , if you rea... READ MORE
Rome lover
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Brilliant Debut
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. This is a brilliant read, it will give your emotions a little mini work out. With each toast made you lea... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
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A wonderful read
A wonderful read. A story told with humour and insight, through a script that just flows, and keeps you wanting more. What a delight!
Mark Feeny
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Heartwarming read
This book had all the feels. I loved it from beginning to end. The five toasts to celebrate, remember, regret a life full of ups and downs. Maurice is a re... READ MORE
Kai Rochford
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Definitely recommend
I don't normally read books set in Ireland but the title caught my attention. I wasn't expecting some of the twists that were in that books but I enjoyed M... READ MORE
When All is Said
A quiet tale, beautifully told
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘When all is said.’ I loved how there was so much humour in a book that was predominantly about loss and grief. I could ‘hear’ the tal... READ MORE
When All is Said
Breathtakingly beautiful
Only once in my life prior to When All Is Said have I sobbed at a book; it is one that will stay with me for a long time. A truly unique read, I could not ... READ MORE
Amber Izzo