Among the most hotly tipped debut authors for 2020
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
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Echoes of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends resound in this exacting debut novel
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.