The Happy Couple


by Dolan, Naoise | Fiction
Published 25/04/2024 by Orion Publishing Co (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 288 pages

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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.

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

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

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

Droll, shrewd and unafraid – Hilary Mantel