Naoise Dolan Exciting Times


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When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents' money, it's called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money,
she's not sure what to call it, but it involves: - a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children; - Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room; - Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks; - money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections. Exciting times ensue.

Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University.

EXCITING TIMES is her first novel, an excerpt from which was published in The Stinging Fly.

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I had real fun with EXCITING TIMES. It is a very funny, spiky, Marxist, feminist comedy and it's really mean.' - Zadie Smith

'Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut.' - Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall

'Witty, compelling and with a razor-sharp social commentary. I guzzled it.' - Pandora Sykes

'A modern love story ... astute, sardonic and highly emotionally aware ... Heralding for sure a new star in Irish writing.' - Irish Times

'EXCITING TIMES more than lives up to the hype ... Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives.' - Irish Times

'Dazzling... So brilliantly executed... Coming-of-age love is told in technicolour... Banging lines follow banging lines. Your underlining pen destroys
the pages... With EXCITING TIMES comes a rare and indeed exciting talent, a cacophony of our times, a treat for the socially distanced.' - Irish Independent

'Lucky us ... EXCITING TIMES will brighten lockdown ... Very funny ... Extremely sharp ... Insightful and raw.' - The Observer

'A funny, smart, contemporary love story. Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney and Emma Jane Unsworth.' - Sunday Times Style

'The funniest writer you will read this year... Every page crackles... Very funny... Ultimately a very moving story, one that occupies a small sliver
of time and space, but manages a lasting emotional tinnitus... Naoise Dolan is not the new anyone. She's entirely herself, and that's plenty.' - Sunday Life, Irish Independent


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