Friday 18 October 2019

Irish author Naoise Dolan’s ‘love triangle’ debut snapped up after seven-way bidding war

Naoise Dolan
Naoise Dolan
Naoise Dolan

Rachel Dugan

A 26-year-old Irish author’s debut novel about a love triangle has been snapped up by a publisher after a seven-way bidding war.

Dubliner Naoise Dolan’s book Edith and Julian will be published in spring 2020 by Orion imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson and is part of a two-book deal.

Dolan, from Terenure, studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2016.

The novel tells the story of an Ava, and Irish girl who arrives in Hong Kong to teach English to rich children and finds herself involved in a love triangle with wealthy banker Julian and fast-talking lawyer Edith. An excerpt from the book was published in the Dublin literary magazine The Stinging Fly.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson editor Lettice Franklin praised ‘Edith and Julian’ for its “rare wit, deep intelligence and the sharpest prose”, adding “major new literary talent” Dolan had “breathed fresh life into one of our essential stories: the love triangle”.

“I had a lot of fun writing Edith and Julian, but definitely wasn’t expecting this level of response,” Dolan said.

Comparisons are likely to made with Booker-nominated Mayo author Sally Rooney - also a graduate of English literature at Trinity College - whose debut was also the subject seven-way bidding war before its publication in 2017.

Rooney's second novel, Normal People, was this week longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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