Today, we hear from Naoise Dolan, who’s an Irish author and the writer of the Women’s Prize longlisted novel Exciting Times. She and I talked about cultural and literary differences between the UK, the US, and Ireland, what we both think about the idea of “likeable” characters, some great Irish authors, and more.


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Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

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Exciting Timesby Naoise Dolan

Grown Ups, by Marian Keyes

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

A Room Called Earth, by Madeline Ryan

Aftershocks, by Nadia Owusu

A Lonely Girl Is a Dangerous Thing, by Jessie Yu

The Road Trip, by Beth O’Leary

I Belong Here, by Anita Sethi

The Adventure of Miss Barbara Pym, by Paul Byrne

Last Night, by Mhairi McFarlane

A Trip of One’s Own, by Kate Wills

The End of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird

The Wife Who Got a Life, by Tracy Bloom

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe


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