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Exciting Times

Exciting Times

Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.

Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than ‘I like you a great deal’.

Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to.

And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong… Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?

Politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny, Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love. In stylish, uncluttered prose, Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life-and announces herself as a singular new voice.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 16th April 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9781474613477


Among the most hotly tipped debut authors for 2020
The Bookseller
Devastatingly perceptive and articulate in every sentence. Whenever I wasn't reading it I was worrying about the characters as if they were people I knew. It's a joy to encounter a book so compulsively readable and painfully funny while simultaneously deeply insightful on love, on sexuality, on social class, on their links as terribly inextricable in the 21st century as they ever were. Dolan is a major talent and this is a formidable debut
Luke Kennard, author of THE TRANSITION
I have been obsessed with this debut novel from Naoise Dolan for the last few weeks. A hugely addictive voice and a compelling story. Brilliantly funny, surgically sharp, furiously political. Expect to hear lots about Exciting Times next year
Michael Hughes, author of COUNTRY
This is icily brilliant stuff. A poised and surgical examination of class, sex, language and self-making, with some flat-out enviable jokes
Paraic O'Donnell, author of THE HOUSE ON VESPER SANDS
This debut from Dolan explores a love affair between an English teacher and a banker in Hong Kong and the lawyer who blows the whole thing sky-high. Definitely one to watch.
Stylist, 'Best new books for 2020'
Read if you like Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sunday Times Style
Half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living - and guaranteed to please
Vogue, 'Books We Cant Wait to Read in 2020'
Forensically brilliant - an elegant and painfully funny portrait of greed and hunger, love and indifference
Michelle Gallen, author of BIG GIRL, SMALL TOWN
So wry, witty and insightful
Elizabeth Macneal, author of THE DOLL FACTORY
Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, Exciting Times announces an impressive new voice in literature.
Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL
A sharp, funny account of a contemporary relationship, told tenderly and with biting, bright insight.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE MERCIES
A love story about three expats in Hong Kong - teacher Ava, banker Julian, and the alluring Edith - and explores the nuances and uncertainties of modern love
Cosmopolitan, 'Best Books of 2020'
Exciting Times, which was acquired in a seven-way bidding war, more than lives up to the hype ... It teems with insight around class, race, language and sexuality. Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives.
Irish Times
A funny, smart and sensitive exploration of love, privilege and bisexuality that had me gripped from the first page. Dolan's sentences are like a splash of cold water to the face in the best possible way.
Clare Fisher, author of HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
Dolan's debut lives up to the hype, a hypnotic tale of a young Irish woman adrift in Hong Kong and caught between two very different relationships.
Sarah Hughes, The i newspaper
2020 is set to be a huge year for Naoise Dolan
Irish Examiner
Following the love triangle between three expats living in Hong Kong, Exciting Times dissects the financial and personal transactions that make up life
Platinum magazine
We're really, um, excited about this sharp, smart debut
Red magazine
Finance, sex, cynicism and unspoken feelings are swirled together in a can labelled 'Hong Kong' in this modern love triangle
Irish Independent
Intelligent and effortlessly funny, Exciting Times is a novel that gets under your skin. Each character is clearly realised with electric dialogue and a sympathetic eye. This is a modern love story that will live with you long after you've finished it
Molly Aitken author of THE ISLAND CHILD
Echoes of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends resound in this exacting debut novel
Oprah magazine
Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut
Hilary Mantel, author of WOLF HALL
Hands down one of the most anticipated debuts of the year ... A piercingly provocative look at modern love and power games.
Witty, compelling and with a razor-sharp social commentary. I guzzled it.
Pandora Sykes