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
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
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.
I had real fun with EXCITING TIMES. It is a very funny, spiky, Marxist, feminist comedy and it's really mean.
I wouldn't be surprised if it emerges as the book of the summer... A rich, sharply witty story made out of the frictions and complexities of young love ... Kept me rapt until the final page
I've been pushing Exciting Times on everyone I know: it is the perfect blend of caustically clever and emotionally engaging. Some of Dolan's pithy observations of her characters are the best I've read since Edward St Aubyn
I tore through EXCITING TIMES, a sharp, smart, witty modern love story. I loved it
THIS BOOK!!!! It's as BRILLIANT as everyone says!!!! I DEVOURED it and it delighted me with its ideas and made me LAUGH so much and gave me hope. Naoise Dolan is thrillingly honest about class iniquity, sexism, poverty, the after-effects of colonialism - it's so REFRESHING. I kept seizing on paragraphs and shouting, THIS!! THIS IS THE THING I WAS THINKING BUT COULDN'T ARTICULATE!!!
A wonderfully sharp, comic writer, adept at making wisecracks in the caustic, knock-em-off, knock-em-down tradition of Dorothy Parker, Joan Rivers and Nora Ephron ... [Ava] is Bridget Jones's sour sister, or Bridget Jones marinaded in vinegar... I found myself purring with pleasure. I loved EXCITING TIMES's snap and its bite ... This is comic writing at the highest level, created with such apparent ease that it seems to dance across the page ... At its best, EXCITING TIMES reminds me of Martin Amis's first novel, The Rachel Papers. In its icy take on consumerism it's also reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. Like both those novels it seems to be brilliantly in tune with its times.
Ice cool, self aware and very funny. Shades of Lorrie Moore and THE BELL JAR.
A Book of the Year in The Sunday Times and a Best Book of the Summer in The i newspaper.
A wily, caustic story about young love ... Sentence-by-sentence, EXCITING TIMES is both a joy and a triumph... I delighted in the brilliance of Dolan's deadpan style.
The most talked about novel of the summer
A dazzling debut... Dolan's writing is precise, acerbic and enviably good, and her characters are perfectly drawn
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking... Ava is a most interesting literary heroine ... I rarely find myself rooting for a character as much as I did for her ... A whip-smart, funny and poignant story of modern love, accessible to all. It should be on everyone's 2020 must read list
A fresh and funny debut about love and self-knowledge ... affecting and powerful
What sets Dolan apart is her humour. EXCITING TIMES is riddled with snappy one liners and witty interplay. A fantastic first novel
Dolan is a writer entirely in command of her craft ... The writing fairly sizzles on the page... EXCITING TIMES is an acerbic tale of sex and love, set in the social media age
With Naoise Dolan on the literary scene, there are EXCITING TIMES ahead
The Irish debut novel everyone is talking about
I savoured every shrewd line
A sharp, witty and ultimately moving debut ... Dolan brings a fresh insight into modern love that will inevitably make this a hit among those who love Normal People
A wry, stylish debut ... In this witty satire of the haves and have nots, Dolan explores tender, insightful truths about the vagaries of modern love
Snappy, sharp and smart [with] painfully funny insight that has drawn justifiable comparisons to Sally Rooney
Naoise Dolan's debut is whipsmart, sharp and full of delightfully perceptive observations
3rd Mar 2021 9:30 am
Naoise Dolan and Jessie Tu were responsible for two of the most bracing, exciting debuts of 2020. Naoise's Exciting Times and Jessie's A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing are witty, bold accounts of the power dynamics of sex and relationships in the twenty-first century, with heroines that deadpan their way through relationships - transactional,…