Reviews

  • "A perfect jewel of a book, a dark emerald set in the Irish laureate’s fictional tiara, alongside her Man Booker Prize winner The Gathering (2007) and The Green Road (2015). Its brilliance is complex and multifaceted, but completely lucidActress is a deeply humane, often darkly funny novel about the exercise of power over sexually attractive women. The grim subject matter is illuminated by Enright’s acute sensitivity to languageEnright proves, once again, her genius."

    Ruth Scurr, Spectator
  • "Out in force. Anne Enright, the unofficial rock star of literary fiction, cements her stardom with Actress."

    Niamh Donnelly, Irish Times
  • "Actress absolutely enthralled me… [An] immersive, masterful novel."

    Anya Meyerowitz, Red Magazine
  • "Enright does a good job of teasing the reader into thinking that her novel is going to be nothing more than an old-fashioned family saga with sequins and better lighting… The result is a creeping sense of dread as family secrets are revealed and memories are twisted together into a tangle of truth and liesSentence after sentence is laid down with the solidity of a line of bricks, transforming ordinary life into something beautiful and strangeEvery word feels right."

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Times
  • "Gripping drama and a pitch-perfect evocation of the stages of Seventies Dublin and London’s West End."

    Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Our For in 2020*
  • "Anne Enright has an unmistakable diction and a genius for arresting detail. Her novel, a daughter’s account of her once-famous actress mother’s life, is a many-sided thing… Actress is especially good in its evocation of an Ireland and a Dublin that is vanished, highly developed in civility and language, voracious for gossip, sociable, religious, hypocritical, louche, drunken and with a sensitivity to the nuances of speech."

    Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard
  • "[A] literary force to be reckoned with... [Anne Enright] is one of Ireland's most significant authors - and Actress will be a must-read for many in 2020."

    Nadine O'Regan, Sunday Business Post
  • "A delicate, knotty reflection on familial relationshipsbrilliant."

    Dazed Digital, *Books to Look Our For in 2020*
  • "Another compelling effort filled with Enright’s trademark psychological insight."

    Paul Nolan, HotPress
  • "A warm and generous portrait of a relationship between a daughter and her famous motherskilfully interwoven with Norah’s own story, and the twists and turns of her own life and marriage."

    Hugh Linehan, Irish Times