The Happy Couple (Paperback)
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Published: 25/04/2024
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Charting the lives of the soon-to-be-married couple, the best man, the bridesmaid and a guest for an approaching wedding, this supreme comedy of errors from the bestselling author of Exciting Times is as deviously clever as it is entertaining.

Meet Celine and Luke. To all intents and purposes, the happy couple.

But Celine's more interested in playing the piano, and Luke's a serial cheater.

And as their big day approaches, the complicated lives of the wedding party begin to unravel. A fed-up bridesmaid, a lovesick best man, guests and family members all find themselves searching for their own happily ever afters.

From the author of Exciting Times, this is a sparkling ensemble novel about love and marriage, fidelity and betrayal.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781474613514
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


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I pure LOVED The Happy Couple. So witty, observant, wise and funny. Nihilistic about heteronormative relationships but so charmingly done I barely noticed. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it - Marian Keyes

Dolan, whose debut novel Exciting Times was a storming success, is sure to bring her sparkling wit and insightful understanding of human relationships to this second outing - Irish Independent

Sassy and smart and wickedly funny, Dolan's voice is uniquely her own. I inhaled every irreverent page - Ruth Gilligan, author of THE BUTCHERS

I just finished The Happy Couple and I loved it - an extremely funny examination of modern love, with depth, bite and poignancy - Daisy Buchanan, author of INSATIABLE

A cracking ensemble, The Happy Couple is a beautiful sonata about our relationships and a sad fugue for fear and loneliness. The book is a tough, all-engrossing love-test. Dolan's acerbic humour is unapologetically analytical. She breaks the rule of intimacy with wit and panache that are second to none. I was kept on tenterhooks till the last few pages and my heart wouldn't stop pounding afterwards. I don't want to say goodbye to Luke and Celine. - Kit Fan, author of DIAMOND HILL

Endlessly funny, endlessly inventive - a bold and stylish novel that slipped down and burned like a shot of something lovely - Rebecca Wait, author of I’M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY

A sophisticated character study of a young couple coming to terms with their relationship, in this biting, whip-smart look at modern love and the tangled messes we leave behind us. I am fully in awe of Dolan's talent. And so glad my twenties are over - Douglas Stuart, author of YOUNG MUNGO and SHUGGIE BAIN

The Happy Couple is a dazzling follow-up to Exciting Times. Dolan spins her magic again with humour and insight and the sharpest of prose. Not a word out of place - KATHERINE HEINY, author of STANDARD DEVIATION and EARLY MORNING RISER

The Happy Couple is just as satisfying as Exciting Times, and deals with class, money, gender dynamics and bisexuality with similar ease. Set between London and Dublin, it is a beautiful exploration of love, fidelity - and whether either are compatible with marriage - Pandora Sykes

The Happy Couple is one of those rare novels that feel like it's been written just for you. It's precisely what I love to read: engaging, fast-paced, hilarious, but still tender and moving. Also, is Dolan an actual genius? The pages just sparkle with smartness. It's a true joy to read, I adored it from the first page to the last - Jenny Mustard, author of Okay Days

Using daring, exciting sentences and close, sharp observation, The Happy Couple is a brilliant contemporary novel - COLM TÓIBÍN

The Happy Couple hooked me the way that heteronormativity hooks its ambivalent protagonists. Dolan's prose absolutely crackles with wit, humour, and empathy - Clare Fisher, author of ALL THE GOOD THINGS

The Happy Couple reminded me of Muriel Spark in its precision of language and emotion - Emma Forrest, author of BUSY BEING FREE

Fun, addictive and laced with astute observations - Vogue

A deep dive into love, betrayal, monogamy and sexuality. Sensational - Daily Mail

One of the most talked about books for 2023 - Stylist

A funny and perceptive play on the traditional marriage plot that cements Dolan as one of the cleverest, most amusing new writers around. Marriage, it seems, is a laughing matter - The i paper

The Happy Couple rises towards an affecting ending that asks what illusions and armour one has to shed in order to feel free - Observer

The funniest writer you will read this year. Every page crackles - Irish Independent, on EXCITING TIMES

Droll, shrewd and unafraid - Hilary Mantel, on EXCITING TIMES

Witty, compelling, with a razor-sharp social commentary. I guzzled it - Pandora Sykes, on EXCITING TIMES

It's flawless - Colm Tóibín, on EXCITING TIMES

I found myself purring with pleasure. This is comic writing at the highest level - Craig Brown, on EXCITING TIMES

Ice cool, self-aware and very funny. Shares of Lorrie Moore and The Bell Jar - Graham Norton, on EXCITING TIMES

I had real fun with Exciting Times. It is a very funny, spiky, Marxist, feminist comedy and it's really mean - Zadie Smith, on EXCITING TIMES

A sharp, smart, witty modern love story. I loved it - David Nicholls, on EXCITING TIMES

Naoise Dolan's prose accommodates equally well a quickening heart and a mind on fire - Joshua Ferris, on EXCITING TIMES

Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, EXCITING TIMES announces an impressive new voice in literature - Nathan Filer, on EXCITING TIMES

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“‘Will they won’t they’ to the superlative..”

Luke and Celine are for all intents and purposes the ‘happy couple’ to the outside world due to marry each other in a year’s time. However, as time marches on towards the wedding day, best friends, ex-lovers and... More

Hardback edition
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“Hard to put down”

Fans of Dolan's debut 'Exciting Times' will definitely not be disappointed by her follow-up! Her sharp sense of humour and narrative voice are just as strong, as well as her ability to seamlessly work... More

Hardback edition
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Lauren

“Happily ever after?”

Naoise Dolan has a style and a vibe I just LOVE. The Happy Couple, Celine and Luke, are supported by their best-friends/exes and family members. The characters don’t always make the best choices, but they’re self... More

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