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The Importance of Being Aisling


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The hilarious follow-up to the smash-hit romantic comedy Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling.

About the Author

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen conceived the character of Aisling in their sitting room in 2008, when they began to observe the many traits, characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl; one they identified around them and one they identified with.

Emer McLysaght is the former editor of The Daily Edge and has worked extensively in journalism and radio.

Sarah Breen is a journalist whose work has appeared in Stellar, Image, U, the Irish Independent and The Gloss.


Hailed as the Irish answer to Bridget Jones . . . it's stuffed with laughs * Daily Mail *
With its ability to have you laughing out loud one minute and crying the next, this is a joyful, emotional, heartfelt, hilarious romp of a novel * Heat *
Incredibly funny, warm, fabulous, how do they do it? -- Marian Keyes
Should come with a health warning. Ten pages in my face hurts from grinning and my neck hurts from nodding along in recognition at the universal wisdoms. There's a smile in every page, some genuinely hilarious moments, and so much heart. The Importance of Being Aisling is a day-maker - the cure for cynicism, Trump and whatever else ails you * Sunday Independent *
Hilariously funny, but often very moving too. Aisling is the real Voice of Ireland -- John Boyne
Hilarious and life-affirming, this is just the book to banish the winter blues * Red (Best books of 2018) *
Just as charming as its predecessor. Funny and human, Aisling is already queen of Irish comic fiction. Long may she reign * i (The paper for today) *
This duo's beloved Irish heroine is back with a bang . . . Brilliantly funny, with a lead character you can easily see yourself in * Woman's Weekly *
It's like a hug in a book * Buzzfeed *
Aisling is the perfect heroine for these strange times we live in. They say that we get the heroes we deserve, so we must have all done something pretty amazing to live in the Age Of Aisling -- Sarra Manning * Red Online *
A gift of both books this Christmas will see the recipient barely stir from reading for days * Sunday Independent (Ireland) *
Praise for Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling * - *
This hilarious and heart-warming book had us alternately laughing and crying. The year's funniest book to date * Hello *
Both Aisling and the novel have a great big thumping heart * Sunday Times *
Excellent craic that will have you shedding a tear as well as laughing your socks off * Fabulous *
Oh lads! This book! There aren't enough words for how much I love it. It's feicin' HILAIRE and very touching -- Marian Keyes
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to invest in a shumper (though not for going OUT OUT) and as soon as you've finished it, you'll want to reread this hilarious novel, which will also get you in the right feels * Red Online *
With witty dialogue, sharp observations and piles of humour, this is a riot of a read, but with plenty of depth, too - we found ourselves choking up as well as, erm . . . peeing with laughter * Heat, The Funny One *
Her voice leaps off the page . . . it's this depth of character and eye for detail that makes comparisons with Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones series spot-on * Independent *
Funny and touching . . . we fell in love with the heroine of Oh My God What a Complete Aisling, about a small-town girl in Dublin * Good Housekeeping *
This quickfire tragi-comedy is bursting with clever one-liners and acute observations * Sunday Express *
A runaway success . . . it's an uplifting romcom that combines elements of Bridget Jones and Four Weddings with Father Ted -- Kirsty Lang, BBC Radio 4 Front Row
This hilarious Irish bestseller, which came to life via a viral Facebook page, follows country girl Aisling as she moves from her hometown to big city living in Dublin. She's sweet, a little clueless but a force to be reckoned with * Buzzfeed *
Aisling is an absolute gem of a character and this book is a breath of fresh air * Sun *
Hilarious . . . A well-crafted tale with warmth and emotion * Woman Magazine *
It's sweet and it's funny and it's moving and it's perfect * The Pool *
My unofficial autobiography -- Aisling Bea
An utter ray of sunshine * Red *
The funniest, warmest, loveliest book I've read in so long. The characters are so hilarious and relatable, I laughed non-stop and genuinely didn't want it to end -- Lucy Vine
I've spent the last forty-eight hours laughing my head off at this novel . . . but it's not just comic, there's a real heart to it and it's often very moving -- John Boyne
One of my fave novels of 2017. It really does remind me of Marian Keyes -- Louise O'Neill
If I had a book of the year award for 2017 it would go to Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling . . . It left me giggling at some pages and sobbing at others -- Sinead Crowley
One of the funniest books I've read in twenty years -- Paul Howard
Another funny and lovable take on everyone's favourite small-town girl Aisling. A highly entertaining and absorbing addition to your bookshelves * Sunday Business Post *
Every Irish person knows an Aisling, and there is nothing more delightful than recognising something familiar being projected back at you through a novel. While the books are both extremely funny, they also reflect a period in Irish culture and centre around a heartwarming story for Aisilings of the ages * Image Magazine *

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