`a beautifully scripted novel...a worthy Booker winner' --Kudos Magazine<br /><br />The Gathering is here and we print-intolerant book lovers should be grateful to Naxos - first, for being so previous and second, for having the nous to get the incomparable Fiona Shaw to read it. Frankly I'm not sure I'd have lasted the course without her subtle, humorous, sensitive reading. If you like deeply depressing family sagas awash with skeletons in cupboards, drunks, misfits, children screwed up by religion and sexual abuse, you'll enjoy The Gathering. The narrator - Veronica, 39, former shopping journalist, married to a successful banker - is number seven of 12 Irish children: Midge, Bea, Ernest, Stevie, Ita, Mossie, Liam, Veronica, Kitty, Alice and the twins, Ivor and Jem. Far from being a happy family who could field their own football team plus reserve, with the exception of Jem they're a mess. Liam's suicide prompts the family to gather and Veronica to delve deep into its unhappy history. Beautifully written, brilliantly read, but I still think Mr Pip should have won the Booker. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian
When writers linger on close encounters of a genital kind it can make for tough listening. Anne Enright is undoubtedly a writer whose work, like that of James Joyce, is intensified by hearing it aloud. Fiona Shaw's mesmerising reading of her 2008 Man Booker prize novel The Gathering is a tour de force. --Christina Hardyment, The Times
Anne Enright's prize-winning novel centres on The Gathering (Naxos £19.99) of the Hegarty clan for a Dublin funeral. The deceased, brother of our narrator, probably suffered sexual abuse long ago, a history that she needs to unravel. But then, every man in this loveless, angry book is more easily recognised without his trousers than by his face or character. The otherwise unremitting sourness is leavened by a certain stygian humour, by a final and tentatively optimistic plot twist, and by a certain ironic and lilting loveliness of style, exquisitely interpreted by the great Fiona Shaw --Sue Gaisford, Independent
`It is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined
with a gift for observation and deduction'