The July Art of Reading book club features Colm in conversation with writer Naoise Dolan about her novel Exciting Times. Listen here or watch below.
“This novel is
a tour-de-force work about exile
and the world of expats in Hong
Kong. Seeking accommodation,
looking for love, teaching English
as a foreign language, dealing
with foreigners, being Irish,
calling home, are all dramatized
with wit and emotional accuracy
and a refusal to settle for
easy narrative solutions.” Colm Tóibín, Laureate for Irish Fiction 2022-2024.
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 Books, The 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. Exciting Times was shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards and the Waterstones Book of the Year in 2020. Her second novel is forthcoming. Photo credit: Maria Bianchi