Among the most hotly tipped debut authors for 2020
Devastatingly perceptive and articulate. 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
Brilliantly funny, surgically sharp, furiously political. Expect to hear lots about Exciting Times next year
This is icily brilliant stuff. A poised and surgical examination of class, sex, language and self-making, with some flat-out enviable jokes
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.
Read if you like Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living - and guaranteed to please
Forensically brilliant - an elegant and painfully funny portrait of greed and hunger, love and indifference
So wry, witty and insightful
Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, Exciting Times announces an impressive new voice in literature.
A sharp, funny account of a contemporary relationship, told tenderly and with biting, bright insight.
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
Exciting Times more than lives up to the hype ... Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives.
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
Dolan's debut lives up to the hype, a hypnotic tale
2020 is set to be a huge year for Naoise Dolan
Following the love triangle between three expats living in Hong Kong, Exciting Times dissects the financial and personal transactions that make up life
We're really, um, excited about this sharp, smart debut
Finance, sex, cynicism and unspoken feelings are swirled together in a can labelled 'Hong Kong' in this modern love triangle
A modern love story that will live with you long after you've finished it
Echoes of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends resound in this exacting debut novel
A sharp, witty debut.
Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut
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.
Exciting Times, is more caustic and cynical than Rooney's writing, if just as clever ... All the fretting over love and class could be compared to Austen or Wharton, but her light treatment of bisexuality and polyamory is utterly 2020
Meet the new Sally Rooney... That might sound like hyperbole but this tale brings fresh and on-point insights into modern love that'll make it a hit with lovers of Normal People
We loved Dolan's evisceration of Insta culture - SAVAGE.
Lucky us ... Exciting Times will brighten lockdown ... Very funny ... Extremely sharp ... Insightful and raw
Dry, sharp, meticulously observed ... A frankly sensational book that's flawlessly executed
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
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
A modern love story ... astute, sardonic and highly emotionally aware ... Heralding for sure a new star in Irish writing
An effervescent snapshot of millennial, attachment-avoidant dating
Constant, breezy fun
A funny, smart, contemporary love story. Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney and Emma Jane Unsworth
Exciting Times is a joy from start to finish, and the perfect balm for these times-fresh, funny, sharp. Everyone should read it right now. A literary and hilarious tour de force.
Withering, stylish prose that is at times deceptively simple but always flush with caustic wit, I savoured every shrewd line.
From the opening page, Ava's voice is electrifying and frequently very funny; Naoise Dolan's debut novel really is as good as everyone says it is.