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The Green Road - Anne Enright

The Green Road - Anne Enright

Title: The Green Road

Author:  Anne Enright

ISBN:  9780224089050

Weight:  705g

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The Green Road by Anne Enright

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns.  In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds.  Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

Anne Enright is addicted to the truth of things.  Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.

Peer & Press Reviews

[Enright] is that rare thing: a very, very good writer…  I settled into the book in a way I hadn’t done for weeks; the world of it seemed to me more transfixingly real than anything else, for the time I was reading it.  When a writer of Enright’s quality pays such attention to the way that things really are, all we can do is pay rapt attention back.

Emma Townshend, Independent On Sunday

Anne Enright is one of Ireland’s most feted writers and The Green Road will only cement her position.  Her extraordinary powers of description can crystallise a moment or a whole period of history in the tightest of prose and make this saga of family relationships… a must-read.

Mernie Gilmore, Daily Express

This novel should confirm Enright’s status as one of our (their?) greatest living novelists.  I hope she can be persuaded to do a sequel.

John Sutherland, The Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Green Road
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Black cover with gold coloured text on spine, dark blue endpapers, and blue and silver decorative head and tail bands.
Jacket features: Super matt with matt lamination and a gloss UV finish to the title and author text.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Awards and prizes:

Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 – shortlist (Fiction Award)

Independent Bookshop Week Award 2016 – winner

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 – longlist

Costa Novel Award 2015 – shortlist

Man Booker Prize 2015 – longlist

Media adaptation: BBC Radio 4 – Book at Bedtime (ten 15-minute episodes, Mon - Fri at 10:45pm, from 04 May 2015)
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780224089050
ISBN 10: 0224089056
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 310
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 144 x 31mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Hugh Chaloner
Jacket photograph: Ron McBride

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