Anne Enright is an internationally acclaimed Irish novelist, essayist and writer of short
stories whose work has earned many awards, including the Man Booker Prize (2007) and
the Irish Book of the Year (twice). She was the first Laureate for Irish Fiction (2015–
18) and is currently Professor of Creative Writing At UCD.
In three urgent pieces of non-fiction Anne Enright explores speech and silence in the lives of Irish women: the long silence surrounding the Mother and Baby home in Tuam which was broken by the voice of Catherine Corless, the silence of Irish literary critics in response to work by women, and the reclaimed voice of the Irish writer Maeve Brennan.
The short story form is celebrated with two new pieces of writing, and a biographical piece looks at the role of Canadian fiction in her reading life.
No Authority is a personal book. Enright questions our ideas about authority – who has it, who wields it – as the voices of women form a new political chorus and a force for change.
Anne Enright discuses No Authority, writings from her Laureateship of Irish Fiction, on RTE Radio One.
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'It was time to grow up. It was also time to be the figure I needed in my life, to work on a horizontal axis, collapse hierarchies, look at things straight. It was time to judge things, not as I wanted them to be, but as they were. It was time I stopped looking upwards, for the big man who wasn’t there'.
Anne Enright: 'I've never been good with authority' in the Guardian, November 2019. Read the full piece here.