Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin was born in Dublin and now lives in County Westmeath, in the heart of Ireland’s midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, Anne is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers in 2017. She has been previously shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition, amongst others. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Ireland’s Own, The Lonely Crowd, For Books’ Sake, The Ogham Stone, The Honest Ulsterman, The Incubator, Bunker, Cork County Libraries Short Story Collection, and the forth coming winter edition of Crannóg.

A graduate of UCD’s MA in Creative Writing Programme, Anne is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. Alongside her writing, Anne’s career has encompassed many years working in the charity sector and eight years with Waterstone’s Bookseller where she worked in both Dublin and London. Anne is married with one son. WHEN ALL IS SAID is her debut novel.






- Rowohlt, Kindler (Germany, TBC)
- Delcourt (France, TBC)
- Czarna Owca (Poland, TBC)
- Harper Collins NL (Netherlands, 2019 - Als alles is gezegd)
- TYTO ALBA (Lithuania, TBC)
- St Martins Press (US, 2019)
- Sceptre/Hodder (UK, 2019)




      ‘Anne Griffin’s debut novel is a must read. Beautifully observed, masterful story telling – stunning!’ — Graham Norton

      ‘An extraordinary novel, a poetic writer, and a story that moved me to tears… There is something special here.’ — John Boyne

      ‘Beautifully written, unhurried and thoughtful, a lonely man truthfully wrought and a character you love from the off, in spite of his flaws or maybe because of them… a terrific debut.’ — Kit de Waal, award-winning author of My Name is Leon

      ‘A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner. Maurice is a fabulous character, wonderfully flawed and completely engaging; his voice is familiar and real, full of sadness and regret and defiance, and unexpected tenderness.’ — Donal Ryan, award-winning author of The Spinning Heart

      ‘Anne Griffin is a writer with a bright, bright future.’ — Janet Peery (National Book Award finalist)

      WHEN ALL IS SAID captures the texture of a night catching up with an old friend — the pleasures and comforts, the stories and surprises — one that you never want to end, and all the more bittersweet because you know, of course, that it must.’ — Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

      ‘It is difficult to believe that WHEN ALL IS SAID is a first novel, as Anne Griffin displays such an assured hand at locating and maintaining the voice of our lead character, Maurice Hannigan. An old widower, Hannigan picks a night at the local pub and toasts the five people who influenced his life in the most important ways, and, in the process, gives an oral first person history of his own life — both the truthful and the delusional. With an impeccable eye, Anne Griffin picks out details from seemingly-unimportant moments in a life that become so much more in her capable hands. Each toast brings a new facet of Hannigan’s life into focus, sometimes shining a light on things he would rather keep buried deep within himself, and the result is quite lovely. I truly felt as if I were in a country pub, sitting with the county raconteur, and I enjoyed his company immensely!’ — Bill Carl, Wellesley Books

      ‘A deceptively powerful tale. Beneath the surface of seemingly simple lives lie stunning stories of love, heartbreak, humor, hope, tragedy, regret, and — most of all — humanity.’ — Viola Shipman