No Authority: Anne Enright’s forensic reflections as fiction laureate

‘These writings are my blundering attempt to find clarity, in a confusing time,’ she writes

January 2015: Anne Enright, with her mother Cora Enright, when she was announced as laureate for Irish fiction. Photograph: Alan Betson

January 2015: Anne Enright, with her mother Cora Enright, when she was announced as laureate for Irish fiction. Photograph: Alan Betson

Years ago record labels would sometimes furnish press outlets with something called a sampler – usually a four- or five-track selection from a larger work to come. Anne Enright’s No Authority, a selection of lectures, essays and short fiction written during her tenure as the first Irish fiction laureate between 2015 and 2018, is too substantial an artefact to be considered a sampler, but at 100-odd pages it’s still closer to fun-sized than the full Toblerone.

Antigone in Galway, an exploration of the Tuam mother and baby home scandal, leaves the reader reeling

Nevertheless, the production values are lavish, featuring a handsome hardback cover and elegant design, like a mini-Winter Papers authored by a single hand.

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