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2007 Man Booker Prize Winner

The Gathering by Anne Enright


Publisher: Jonathan Cape: Random House

Length: 261 Pages

About: A sister understanding her brother

Style: 1st & 3rd person

Where: Dublin Ireland and Engalnd

When: 1968-2005




Publisher’s synopsis:

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn’t the drink that killed him – although that certainly helped – it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother’s house, in the winter of 1968. His sister Veronica was there then, as she is now: keeping the dead man company, just for another little while.



Alcohol wrecked him, as it does. But I am trying to put a time on it – when I stopped worrying about him and started to worry about his drinking instead. Maybe then – with my new baby opening her eyes, over and over, as if to check that the world was still there. That was probably the moment. Just then.





There is something livid and much that is stunning about The Gathering, which deservedly won this year's Man Booker Prize. Anger brushes off every page, a species of rage that aches to confront silence and speak truth at last. 

Washington Post Peter Behrens, October 21, 2007 


Not so good:

Anne Enright does not seem fully aware of it, just as she seems unaware that a first-person narrator cannot convincingly relate those omniscient third-person flash-backs, or that the story line depends on the rickety device of making Veronica withhold for purely structural reasons a secret she knows all along. There are some quite good set-piece scenes, and a valid attempt to show “a family – a whole f***ing country – drowning in shame”, but, God, it’s wearing.

The Sunday Times May 27th 2007 Hugo Barnacle


About the author


Anne Enright FRSL (born 11 October 1962) is an Irish author. She graduated from the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing Course. She lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with her husband and children. Enright was a television producer and director for RTÉ in Dublin for six years.


 She was a producer for the ground-breaking RTÉ programme Nighthawks for four years. She then worked in children's programming for two years and wrote at the weekends. Enright began writing full-time in 1993.


Her full-time career as a writer came about when she left television due to a breakdown, later remarking: "I recommend it [...] having a breakdown early. If your life just falls apart early on, you can put it together again. It's the people who are always on the brink of crisis who don't hit bottom who are in trouble."



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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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