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Anne Enright

Ireland (b.1962)

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published one collection of stories, The Portable Virgin, which won the Rooney Prize, and two previous novels, The Wig My Father Wore and What Are You Like? which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award and won the Encore Award.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (2000) : What Are You Like?
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2007) : The Gathering
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : The Gathering
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : The Forgotten Waltz
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Forgotten Waltz
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Green Road
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Green Road
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2016) : The Green Road
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2016) : The Green Road
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book nominee (2017) : The Green Road

Anne Enright recommends
Once Upon a Hill (2008)
Glenn Patterson
"Clear-eyed and compassionate."
Not Untrue and Not Unkind (2009)
Ed O'Loughlin
"Fantastic writing... the most exciting first novel I have read in many years."
Antigona and Me (2009)
Kate Clanchy
"Not just a heart-stopping story, but one of that is essential of our times."
February (2010)
Lisa Moore
"Moore's work is passionate, gritty, lucid, and beautiful. She has a great gift."
Hand in the Fire (2010)
Hugo Hamilton
"A great international writer. His is the voice of the migrant, the stranger and the traveller in us all."
Solace (2011)
Belinda McKeon
"A story of clear-eyed compassion and quiet intelligence."
The China Factory (2012)
Mary Costello
"Costello's work is true, her problems distinctive and the voice all her own."
Spoils (2017)
Brian Van Reet
"Clear, authentic, and beautifully written, Spoils is a book about war for people who don't like books about war."
Midwinter Break (2017)
Bernard MacLaverty
"MacLaverty is a sweetly astute writer, a master of fine detail, compassing the quotidian, the intimate and the sacred. Midwinter Break shows us how ordinary and immense love can be."
Straying (2018)
Molly McCloskey
"As gripping as a memoir and as intimate as a poem...a novel that is both urgent and reflective, a tender and unsentimental exploration of love's dark corners."
Last Stories (2018)
William Trevor
"His stories are formally beautiful and, at the same time, interested in the smallness of human lives. He was, as a writer, watchful, unsentimental, alert to frailty and malice. A master craftsman."
Certain American States (2018)
Catherine Lacey
"[Lacey] is playful and smart, one of a generation of American women who seem entirely unafraid."
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (2020)
Deepa Anappara
"Storytelling at its best—not just sympathetic, vivid, and beautifully detailed, but completely assured and deft . . . We care about these characters from the first page and our concern for them is richly repaid."
Alligator and Other Stories (2020)
Dima Alzayat
"Originality meets craft."
Klara and the Sun (2021)
Kazuo Ishiguro
"There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno’s arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love. Klara and the Sun is wise like a child who decides, just for a little while, to love their doll. ‘What can children know about genuine love?’ Klara asks. The answer, of course, is everything."
Dinner Party (2021)
Sarah Gilmartin
"Sarah Gilmartin is a natural writer: she gives us terrific, complex characters and strong themes, in prose that is easy, fluent and charged with insight."

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