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  • Published: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099539780
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

The Forgotten Waltz

A powerful, moving book of secrets, longing and loss, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering.

Shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction

If it hadn't been for the child then none of this might have happened.
She saw me kissing her father.
She saw her father kissing me.
The fact that a child got mixed up in it all made us feel that it mattered, that there was no going back.

  • Published: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099539780
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

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Praise for The Forgotten Waltz

a very human tale about passion, secrets and lies.

Reading Matters

That's the Anne Enright voice all right - wry, disabused, reckless, candid, funny

Hermione Lee, Guardian

This beautifully written, lyrical novel is a portrait of family tensions and the listless half-light in which a mistress must live

Jane Clinton, Sunday Express

Enright has taken a simple plot and produced a touching novel that examines the cost - and the compensations - of love. The heroine is both plausible and sympathetic, while the supporting cast is marshalled with skill, tenderness and humour

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

A simply and beautifully told tale


A simple tale of adultery and its consequences, told from a female perspective.Enright risks an over-familiarity of the subject matter, but she has brought it off superbly

Daily Telegraph

Enright is brilliant on the emotional battlefields and dance floors that exist between men and women. Smartingly funny and profoundly wise


The Forgotten Waltz delicately weaves the personal and political into a wry, tender exploration of family, marriage and the price of passion

Sorcha Hamilton, Irish Times

The latest novel from the Booker Prize winning author has an emotional heft that belies the novel's slender size

Sunday Business Post Ireland

A brilliant evocation of an ill-fated extramarital; affair, told with Enright's customary sharp wit and knack for spotting a love-related cliché

Guardian, Holiday Reads:

Brave, beautiful and quite brilliant

Joseph O'Connor, Irish Independent

An achingly brilliant piece of writing on passion and delusion. It's a pleasure to read from start to finish and reignites our love for fiction


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