The Will of Annie

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@ Anthony Giblin

A heartfelt narrative of fear and faith from a man who is experiencing a trauma that is inextricably linked, not just in coincidence, but in his heart, to a hurt he’s been carrying for thirty-one years. We share his journey through his back story of his Irish widowed father left with six children to raise on a Birmingham council estate to amusing West of Ireland summer holidays. It’s one such jaunt as a young man that changes the course of his life forever when he becomes stranded on Irish shores, unwilling at first, till a tale of romance dovetails with the modern story.

Told with honesty and humour THE WILL OF ANNIE is a thoughtful moving memoir from an engaging aspiring writer.


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Anthony lives in Celbridge for the past 20 years with his wife and three children. He works full time in Construction. He was born in Birmingham to Irish parents, he is one of six children raised by his widowed Father. Anthony took his writing hobby a little more seriously when he did a home study course with Kilroy’s College in 2013 and it opened up a new world for him. He went about his first draft of ‘The Will of Annie’, then did another course of creative writing in Maynooth University. Anthony is currently well on with his second book which is fiction. Find out more on and on his social media pages anthonygiblinwriter.   On Writing - Anthony Giblin The beauty of writing is it belongs to no one, it doesn't belong to a class of society nor to a level of wealth, its free, once you can write at all you can write it all. Writing is a powerful form of voicing using words to express what you see , what you feel, it's a simple craft of communication from your mind's eye. Words are shared but the writing must be your own, anything less can seem equivocal. Anthony Giblin © 2021

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  1. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Rachel April 26, 2021
    I loved this book. I read it from start to finish in an afternoon. Anthony does a fantastic job telling the story of his youth and adult life, facing tragedy under similar circumstances with different outcomes. It is a beautiful story of love, loss and family. I look forward to more books by Anthony.

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  2. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Eilís January 29, 2021
    A truly amazing read!

    Where to start in describing this book?!

    I instantly knew I was going to like this book from the very first paragraph. I burst out laughing. But humour isn’t the only thing this book has to offer. It made me both laugh and cry. From describing the death of his mother to the moments spent in Temple Street Children’s hospital with his daughter, the author brought me on a journey with him.

    Conversations between family members are interspersed with vivid descriptions of Irish villages and the council estate in Birmingham where the author grew up. You can imagine yourself sitting in on these conversations and you feel a part of the story from the very beginning.

    This is a short read but sure to leave a lasting impression on me. Highly highly recommend.

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    Ross T February 25, 2021
    Incredible, moving, emotional, book. Can´t wait for the next one.

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    Drama Queen 5 stars
    This is an honest heart wrenching memoir that had me laughing and crying .
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2021

    This is a powerful personal story of loss, love and life told with pure honesty and heartfelt emotion. One minute I was sobbing over the author’s plights feeling all his sadness, worry and grief the next I was howling with laughter at the characters’ situations, their conversations peppered with familiar phrases and sayings. Nothing is held back.
    This autobiographical story moves from a large family home in a council estate in Birmingham dealing with the loss of their young mother to the beauty and warmth of family and friends in Rossport in north Mayo and Roscommon. Then on to worrying hospital scenes in Dublin, an unexpected proposal in Galway and domestic contentment in Kildare. .
    The little book deals with serious issues and real life problems yet shows how love, faith, humour and strength of character can win through.
    Anthony Giblin is a natural storyteller and can paint an accurate picture of a character or a setting with a few cleverly chosen words. He can recreate a situation with all its natural comedy, tension or beauty with ease. I couldn’t put this memoir down until it was finished and felt very much part of the story.
    It is a truly entertaining read.

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    Sharon Kerman 5 stars
    A journey of self discovery
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2021

    I could not put this book down. I laughed and I cried. It explores the trauma of a young boy loosing his dear mother at a young age. Then of fatherhood, experiencing a child who undergoes surgery and the emotions & turmoil that the family go through.
    The author goes between past & present and does this so well, keeping the reader entertained & engrossed in his memoirs. A lovely heartfelt read, I look forward to more from this author.
    5 people found this helpful

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  6. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Great real life story!!!!
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2021

    I loved this book. Both sad & happy stories of the authors life living in Birmingham & then his move to Ireland for love. The sadness & loss he felt after losing his Mum at such a young age to a brain tumour, then the pure terror he felt when his own little girl is also diagnosed with the same condition. Would so much love to hear more stories from this author as I feel there’s a lot more to tell… Sue Moore

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  7. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Lor 5 stars So enjoyable
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2021

    Really really enjoyed reading this. It’s been such a long time since I found a book I couldn’t put down. Such an honest down to earth read.

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    Geraldine lloyd 5 stars Wow! Fantastic read.
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2021

    I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. What a fantastic read. I laughed and cried throughout and didn’t want it to end. Well done Anthony. I look forward to the next one.

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  9. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Des Merrins 5 stars Page turner
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2021

    A great page turner, once it’s in the hands there’s no letting go. Tearful, funny and above all a true reflection of the authors early life to present day.
    I hear Mr Giblin is in the process of writing a fictional novel. Well bring it on!!!

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  10. Anthony Giblin (verified owner)

    Debbie Milner 5 stars A fantastic memoir
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 February 2021
    A great read, the author took me on an emotional rollercoaster from tears to laughing out loud. Once I picked the book up I couldn’t put it down until I had completed it. This book has filled me with joy and hope.

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    Timothy 5 stars Must read
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2021
    Such an authentic, compelling and heartfelt read. Beautifully crafted. Would encourage everyone to give it a read!

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    Celia 5 stars From the heart
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2021

    Beautiful read. Brings the reader into the authors world. Laughter and tears. Would highly recommend.

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    Leona 5 stars Fantastic
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2021

    What a fantastic read, parts made me cry and other parts laugh, I didn’t want the book to end. Thank you for the book Mr A Giblin. I can’t wait for the next one. You have 1 special family.

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