**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.
‘Enright is a daring writer - witty, original and inventive... Utterly compelling’ Daily Mail
‘Enright ambushes as memory does, drawing you into an event and then questioning its reality’ Sunday Telegraph
She beautifully describes the way hurt can be inherited... Enright is a daring writer - witty, original and inventive... Utterly compelling
It is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined with a gift for observation and deduction
A welcome return, for this writer, to novel form, and as a fresh, sophisticated take on the ever-popular dysfunctional family saga
Anne Enright has all she needs in terms of imagination and technique and she's a tremendous phrase maker
Enright ambushes as memory does, drawing you into an event and then questioning its reality
Pioneering novelists like Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright paved the way for a generation of female Irish writers who are now lighting up the fiction scene, says The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually author Helen Cullen.
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering reflects on a lifetime of reading, from Alice in Wonderland to what she learned from Toni Morrison.