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Ordinary Human Failings


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Megan Nolan lives in London and was born in 1990 in Waterford, Ireland. Her essays, fiction and reviews have been published in The New York Times, The White Review, The Sunday Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian and in the literary anthology, Winter Papers. She writes a fortnightly column for the New Statesman. This is her first novel.


Megan Nolan's debut novel saw her grouped with other Irish millennial women such as Sally Rooney and Naoise Dolan. But with her ambitious and insightful second novel, Ordinary Human Failings, Nolan makes it clear she is not a manifestation of a type, but rather a writer to be read on her own terms
*Financial Times*

One masterful novel... Nolan has excelled herself: Ordinary Human Failings is a raw, pulsing thing... A writer who's still at the start of what promises to be a splendid career. Ordinary Human Failings is a bold and beautiful second novel... daring in all the right ways, but compassionate when it needs to be
*Daily Telegraph*

There is something wonderfully ordinary about this book... Nolan has set out to make a plain three-legged stool rather than an ornate grandfather clock. The corridors of contemporary literature are stuffed with grandfather clocks with faulty mechanisms. How much more valuable is this modest, well-made thing
*Sunday Times*

Nolan’s novel is dark in subject, yet retains a tender faith in a person’s, or a family’s, capacity for change
*New Statesman, *Books of the Year**

As much of a compulsive read as the first novel
*The Times*

A subtle, accomplished and lyrical study of familial and intergenerational despair, a quiet book about quiet lives... An excellent novel: politically astute, furious and compassionate... A genuine achievement

The millennial author everyone should be watching right now
*Daily Telegraph*

Nolan has crafted a novel full of brutal, illuminating truths
*Sunday Times, *Books of the Year**

Megan Nolan is one of the brightest young things around
*The Times, *Summer Reads of 2023**

Addiction, teenage pregnancy and heartbreak fuel this pacey, poignant novel
*The Times, *Books of the Year**

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