Acts of Desperation (Hardback)
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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 04/03/2021
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A blisteringly beautiful and raw portrait of vulnerability and destruction brought about by desire, Acts of Desperation announces the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction. 

Discover this bitingly honest, darkly funny debut novel about a toxic relationship and secret female desire, from an emerging star of Irish literature.

Love was the final consolation, would set ablaze the fields of my life in one go, leaving nothing behind. I thought of it as a force which would clean me and by its presence make me worthy of it. There was no religion in my life after early childhood, and a great faith in love was what I had cultivated instead. Oh, don't laugh at me for this, for being a woman who says this to you. I hear myself speak.

Even now, even after all that took place between us, I can still feel how moved I am by him. Ciaran was that downy, darkening blond of a baby just leaving its infancy. He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. None of it mattered in the end; what he looked like, who he was, the things he would do to me. To make a beautiful man love and live with me had seemed - obviously, intuitively - the entire point of life. My need was greater than reality, stronger than the truth, more savage than either of us would eventually bear. How could it be true that a woman like me could need a man's love to feel like a person, to feel that I was worthy of life? And what would happen when I finally wore him down and took it?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787332492
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 441 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Oh my god! Such brilliant writing about female desire, co-dependant love, the ownership that's taken of female bodies and how it corrupts our relationship to them. I identified hugely. Incredibly honest and visceral.' - Marian Keyes

'A dark, intense account of an obsessive love affair. It's great on the elation of falling in love and then its flip side, the anxiety, fixation and self-doubt. A really fine debut.' - David Nicholls

'This is an incredible debut . . . Poignant, poetic, raw and utterly unique - I couldn't stop reading. Pre-order it now.' - Pandora Sykes

'Is Acts of Desperation the next Normal People? An 'exhilarating' debut from a young Irish author . . . interrogates what it means to be a woman addicted to love. -- Harriet Johnston.' - Daily Mail

'Megan Nolan is a huge literary talent, and her first novel is a love story like no other.' - Karl Ove Knausgaard

'A darkly rich and heady exploration of hunger and unraveling, Acts of Desperation is unashamed and honest. It questions the truest way to inhabit a body and shows us the horror and the beauty in learning to be alone.' -  Jessica Andrews

'One of the most anticipated books of the year... Lives up to the hype. -- Dominique Sisley.' - AnOther Magazine, The Literary Fiction to Look Out for in 2021

'Honest, brutal and intense, Megan Nolan's Acts Of Desperation is described as "an anti-romance.' - Francesca Brown, Stylist, Best New Fiction for 2021

'Acts of Desperation charts the obsession of an unnamed narrator with a cold, beautiful man named Ciaran with forensic focus and biting honesty.' - The Observer 

'Disarmingly distinctive . . . [Acts of Desperation] excavates our private hearts . . . Subverting traditional love stories.' - Madeleine Feeny, Evening Standard

'Nolan's ability to illustrate the rawest thoughts, neurosis and murky emotions is unrivalled. It's a read that will get inside your core.' - Rhys Thomas, Face

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“A brilliant debut.”

Megan Dolan is one of a series of young talented Irish writers who emerged recently, Sally Rooney, Louise Nealon, Naoise Dolan a few to count on. They become the voice of new generation relating their anxieties,... More

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“An uncomfortable but compelling read”

Acts of Desperation is an uncomfortable to read, it is a brutally honest account of the life of a young woman who is in a toxic relationship. The interesting part of the story is that she is aware the relationship is... More

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“A triumph”

Acts of Desperation is A-MAZ-ING!! Never have I read a book that more accurately portrayed an emotionally abusive relationship, and the dynamic that exists between an empath and a narcissist. Nor have I ever read a... More

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