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BookBar Presents Naoise Dolan in conversation with Megan Nolan

BookBar Presents Naoise Dolan in conversation with Megan Nolan


Join Naoise Dolan, author of Exciting Times, in conversation with journalist and author Megan Nolan for an exclusive publication day event celebrating Naoise's latest novel, The Happy Couple.

Meet the happy couple. Luke and Celine, are in mutual unrequited love with each other, set to marry in a year's time. The best man, Archie, is meant to want to move up the corporate ladder and on from his love for Luke; yet he stands where he is, admiring the view.

The bridesmaid, Phoebe, Celine's sister, has no long-term aspirations beyond smoking her millionth cigarette and getting to the bottom of Luke's frequent unexplained disappearances. Then there's the guest, Vivian, who with the benefit of some emotional distance, methodically observes her friends like ants. As the wedding approaches and these five lives intersect, each character will find themselves looking for a path to their happily ever after - but does it lie at the end of an aisle?


Naoise Dolan makes the Marriage Plot entirely her own in a sparkling ensemble novel that is both ferociously clever and supremely enjoyable.


Join us on 25th May at the Church at Crypt on the Green at 7pm.


Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. She studied at Trinity College, followed by a master’s in Victorian literature at Oxford. She writes fiction, essays, criticism and features for publications including The London Review of BooksThe Guardian and Vogue. Naoise’s debut novel EXCITING TIMES was published by W&N in the UK and by Ecco in the US in 2020, and became a Sunday Times bestseller, widely translated and optioned for TV. She has been shortlisted and longlisted for several prizes, including The Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.


Megan Nolan was born in 1990 in Waterford, Ireland and is currently based in London. Her writing includes essays, fiction and reviews which have been published widely including in The New York Times,The White ReviewThe Sunday TimesThe Village VoiceThe Guardian and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. Regular columns of her cultural commentary appear in i newspaperHuck Magazine and the New Statesman. Readings and performances commissioned across the U.K. and Ireland have included the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Goldsmiths Lit Live, Kunstraum Gallery, Cubitt Gallery, Wysing Arts Centre and the South London Gallery. Internationally, her work has also appeared at Hyper Local Festival in Buenos Aires and the Sandberg Institute’s “Wandering School” in Milan. Her debut novel Acts of Desperation was published by Jonathan Cape and Little, Brown US in 2021.


***Please note that books will available for collection at the event only or posted out after publication on 25th May.***


*** We are not able to accept refunds or exchanges on tickets for this event.***

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