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  • Please believe the hype . . . Nolan is not another Sally Rooney. She is another seriously exciting writer who happens to be young and female and Irish . . . 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
  • Nigh-on impossible not to devour.

    Daily Mail
  • A mesmerising debut that is a masterpiece from the opening sentence to the bitter end, and everything in between.

    Independent *5 new books to read in lockdown*
  • Deeply felt and seriously, spikily intelligent . . . The millennial author everyone should be watching right now.

    Daily Telegraph
  • Tapping into the zeitgeist comes one of the books of 2021: Megan Nolan's Acts of Desperation . . . a heartbreaking-but-resonating portrait of one woman's savage mistreatment of herself in the name of love.

  • It's impossible to tear yourself away . . . This is more than simple victimhood. This is a hard frank look at something uglier and more discomforting . . . I couldn't stop reading Acts of Desperation.

    The Times
  • I loved this book . . . It triumphs because it takes a risk . . . We find ourselves hurtling towards an ending that is surprising, satisfying, subversive . . . Deeply affecting.

    Irish Independent
  • [A] fearless debut . . . Amusing, relatable, crushing . . . Nolan's gutsiest achievement is reclaiming female love and desire in all its shades from lighter literature, making of it something frequently unpretty yet intensely vital.

  • 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.

  • Nolan's raw and uncannily insightful writing glimmers in a way that will shed new light onto wounds both healed and open

    New York Times

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