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NA791712 - ENRIGHT, A.: Gathering (The) (Unabridged)

Anne Enright
The Gathering

Anne Enright is the fourth Irish author to be awarded the Man Booker Prize since its commencement in 1969: Iris Murdoch won in 1978 with The Sea, The Sea; Roddy Doyle with Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha in 1993; and John Banville in 2005 with The Sea.

Although Enright was little known outside Ireland before receiving the prize, the judges’ decision was unanimous, and chairman Sir Howard Davies said that he and the rest of the panel (Wendy Cope, Giles Foden, Ruth Scurr and Imogen Stubbs) found that the book repaid re-reading. ‘Anne Enright has written a powerful, uncomfortable and, at times, angry book,’ said Davies. ‘The Gathering is an unflinching look at a grieving family in tough and striking language.’ Initially an outsider, the novel defied even the judges’ expectations to win the coveted prize.

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