Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.
The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker prize was announced yesterday, and I'm so happy to say that three Irish authors are on it. Donal Ryan's From a Low and Quiet Sea, Sally Rooney's Normal People, and Anna Burns' Milkman have all been chosen as candidates for the prestigious award.