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 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.
Nigh-on impossible not to devour.
A mesmerising debut that is a masterpiece from the opening sentence to the bitter end, and everything in between.
Deeply felt and seriously, spikily intelligent . . . The millennial author everyone should be watching right now.
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.
As the days start to lengthen, we are looking to spring and excited to share a brilliant range of debut novels to look forward to this year.
Few things hurt as much as when relationships break down. But much as there are love stories, there are ones about falling out of love, too. Here we recommend some reading for heartbreak.