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Naoise Dolan Recommends

Reading recommendations from the author of 'Exciting Times'

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Naoise Dolan
Author

Naoise Dolan's debut, Exciting Times has launched itself into the literary world in a fittingly bold red and yellow dust jacket.

Exciting Times is the story of a young Irish woman, Ava who goes to teach english in Hong Kong. Ava over-thinks her way through life as an expat, wryly observing those around her with a detachment that she begins to shake off (with the help of a couple of complicated romantic entanglements) as the novel progresses. It is witty, sharply observed and you'll consume it like a box-set.

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Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid, hardback

£12.99

'This is the briskly paced story of a young black woman in Philadelphia who is wrongly accused of kidnapping the child she’s babysitting. Reid’s characterisation is stunning, from spot-on dialogue to intricate self-deception.'

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Orlando

Virginia Woolf, paperback

£7.99

'I never feel I have enough people to talk to about Virginia Woolf. In particular, I never feel I have enough people to talk to about her place as a laugh-out-loud-funny LGBT writer. Read Orlando and tell me I’m wrong.'

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Rainbow Milk

Paul Mendez, hardback

£14.99

'This debut follows Jesse, a young gay black man who flees a Wolverhampton Jehovah's Witness community to make his way as a sex worker in London. I agree with the comparisons that have been made to James Baldwin, but it’s mostly unlike anything else I’ve read. '

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Cleanness

Garth Greenwell, hardback

£14.99

'Garth Greenwell approaches gay sex as an exchange deserving of the psychological insight and lyrical alertness that he would grant to any other human interaction—and given Greenwell’s powers as a writer, that’s saying something. As a queer reader, I needed this book.'

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Anne Bronte, paperback

£8.99

'I’m a Brontë fan in general, but Anne doesn’t get nearly enough love. She set out to depict her characters ‘as they really are [rather] than as they would wish to appear’, and she nailed it.'

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Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata, paperback

£8.99

'I recently wrote about how this book influenced my approach to novels as an autistic reader. Keiko Furukura, a Japanese long-term convenience store worker, has gone through life without a manual on how to act ‘normal’; some readers will see themselves in Keiko, others won’t, but either way I defy you not to race through her story in one sitting.'