anne enright

I do not know the truth, or I do not know how to tell the truth. All I have are stories, night thoughts, the sudden convictions that uncertainty spawns. All I have are ravings, more like.
—  Anne Enright, from The Gathering (Grove Press, Black Cat, 2007)                          
There are so few people given us to love. I want to tell my daughters this, that each time you fall in love it is important, even at nineteen. Especially at nineteen. And if you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other. There are so few people given us to love and they all stick.
—  Anne Enright, The Gathering
I look at the people queuing at the till, and I wonder are they going home, or are they going far away from the people they love. There are no other journeys. And I think we make for peculiar refugees, running from our own blood, or towards our own blood; pulsing back and forth along ghostly veins that wrap the world in a skein of blood.
—  Anne Enright, The Gathering
10 Rules For Writing Fiction Part III

1 The first 12 years are the worst.

2 The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.

3 Only bad writers think that their work is really good.

4 Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.

5 Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.

6 Try to be accurate about stuff.

7 Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.

8 You can also do all that with whiskey.

9 Have fun.

10 Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not ­counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.

by Anne Enright

mattchewpicchu  asked:

What's your favorite book? (Or a few if you can't pick only one)

The Salt Roads - Nalo Hopkinson (Amazing multicultural lit piece)

The Gathering - Anne Enright (Great contemporary Irish lit piece)

The Abhorsen Trilogy - Garth Nix (my favorite adventure)

Something Like Summer - Jay Bell (helped me come to terms with myself as a part of a relationship when I was in that 4 year long one - as a single guy now it is just a great love story)

Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie (always stuck with me)

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (excellent read)

Unbearable Lightness - Portia de Rossi (helped me with a lot of things)
The 2016 Baileys Prize Longlist includes a self-published debut and 10 other first novels
The prize celebrates fiction written by women in English
By Alison Flood

The 2016 Baileys prize longlist

1.     A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson (UK)

2.     Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett (Australia)

3.     Ruby by Cynthia Bond (US)

4.     The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Australia/US)

5.     The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (US)

6.     A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (UK)

7.     Whispering Through a Megaphone by Rachel Elliot (UK)

8.     The Green Road by Anne Enright(Ireland)

9.     The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah(Zimbabwe)

10.  Gorsky by Vesna Goldsworthy (UK/Serbia)

11.  The Anatomist’s Dream by Clio Gray (UK)

12.  At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison (UK)

13.  Pleasantville by Attica Locke (US)

14.  The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (Ireland)

15.  The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie (US)

16.  Girl at War by Sara Nović (US)

17.  The House on the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester (UK)

18.  The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (UK)

19.  My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (US)

20.  A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US)