Naoise Dolan

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.


Her second novel is forthcoming.


Praise for Naoise Dolan:


‘Very funny and really mean’ ― Zadie Smith

‘A sharp, smart, witty modern love story’ ― David Nicholls

‘As brilliant as everyone says’ ― Marian Keyes

‘Ice cool, self-aware and very funny. Shares of Lorrie Moore and The Bell Jar‘ ― Graham Norton

‘Droll, shrewd and unafraid – a winning debut’ ― Hilary Mantel

‘It’s flawless’ ― Colm Tóibín in The Wall Street Journal

‘A taut, gripping book full of unsympathetic characters that for some reason you remain extremely invested in’ ― Nesrine Malik on the Women’s Prize for Fiction panel