The Gathering

The Gathering

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize

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.

The Gathering is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 192g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 0099501635
  • 9780099501633
  • 34,184

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Enright ambushes as memory does, drawing you into an event and then questioning its reality
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Enright ambushes as memory does, drawing you into an event and then questioning its reality * Sunday Telegraph * Anne Enright has all she needs in terms of imagination and technique and she's a tremendous phrase maker -- Adam Mars-Jones * Observer * A welcome return, for this writer, to novel form, and as a fresh, sophisticated take on the ever-popular dysfunctional family saga -- Eve Patten * Irish Times * It is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined with a gift for observation and deduction -- A. L. Kennedy * Guardian * She beautifully describes the way hurt can be inherited... Enright is a daring writer - witty, original and inventive... Utterly compelling -- Eithne Farry * Daily Mail *
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About Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday's Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gais Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.
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Rating details

20,151 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 11% (2,309)
4 26% (5,139)
3 33% (6,651)
2 20% (4,105)
1 10% (1,947)

Our customer reviews

I had high hopes for this book and thought I would give it a go despite seeing a couple of negative reviews. I wish I had listened to them! I am not normally someone who stops reading a book, no matter how bad it is, but I came very close with this one about 4 times whilst reading it. Not only was the storyline weak and lacking anything interesting enough to make you want to keep turning the pages, but the characters were unlikable and you do not familiarise with them. It also does not really come to any real conclusions about what did and didn't happen in the childhood/life of the main characters and I was left asking myself as I turned the last page, "why did I bother"? There are points where you think the pages of tedious reading are about to be rewarded with a revealing and interesting twist to the story, but this is not in fact what happens. I would suggest giving this book a more
by Marija Popac
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