Megan Nolan’s Acts of Desperation was the standout debut fiction success of last year – and a number of our booksellers’ best book of the year. Megan joins us this March to discuss the novel and celebrate the paperback release.
She’s twenty-three and in love with love. He’s older, and the most beautiful man she’s ever seen. The affair is quickly consuming.
But this relationship is unpredictable, and behind his perfect looks is a mean streak. She’s intent on winning him over, but neither is living up to the other’s ideals. He keeps emailing his thin, glamorous ex, and she’s starting to give in to secret, shameful cravings of her own. The search for a fix is frantic, and taking a dangerous turn…
We’re all looking to get what we want – but do we know what we need?
Please believe the hype . . . Nolan’s book describes a very particular experience and it does so with rare intelligence and courage . . . [Her] headlong, fearless prose feels like salt wind on cracked lips. You wince and you thrill. – Sunday Times
There is so much to admire in this extremely impressive first novel, which captures an intense experience with clarity and style. It is fully itself, and flawless in its way. – Guardian