You may have come across Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen on Facebook with their satirical Aisling page. It has developed a bit of a cult following amongst the younger Irish community. This book is a big move to transfer Aisling and her eejit boyfriend John to a more formal setting.
Aisling is your organised friend who always has a list on the fridge, flip flops in her purse at weddings and never loses her phone. She can tell you the Weight Watchers points in absolutely everything. Aisling doubles up on contraception…using both anti-babby pills and french letters…just in case.
When the story opens Aisling is at yet another wedding in her hometown of Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards as some call it). Long term boyfriend John has been on the scene for the last seven years and resisted all attempts by Aisling hinting that it might be time for them to settle down. A much anticipated break in Tenerife still doesn’t produce a ring so Aisling decides it is time to call it a day.
Emer and Sarah have crafted a fun book that really makes you feel like you are propping up the bar in BGB with Majella and the crowd back home. It is a book that will have you laughing out loud in places and weeping alongside Aisling in others. You will get some odd looks when you’re chortling out loud on public transport! It’s gas!
Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin UK in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication Date: May 3 2018. 368 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.