Clever, deadpan and emotionally aware, this debut novel is told from the perspective of Ava, a nihilistic young Dubliner forging a new life in Hong Kong. Aware of the bad choices she makes, she watches herself do so with a sardonic eye and witty self reflection. Dolan writes astutely on the intricacies of power dynamics, social media interactions, gendered behaviours and class indicators, and delves deeper to portray the human struggle of either shoring oneself up for self protection, or risking being open to love. We watch Ava’s two relationships unfold- one practical and familiar in its dysfunction and one that terrifies her with its strength of feeling. Dolan excels at intimate narrative devices such as contrasting Ava’s outwardly closed off demeanour with the vulnerable text messages that she doesn’t dare to send, making us compelled to read on, willing Ava to choose love.
📣 We have a radical new plan to get you books! 📣
We have a shop full of books, a whole pile of Jiffy bags and this miraculous thing called a postbox right outside! So as long as Royal Mail is running and the book you want fits in the postbox we can post you anything we have **as long as it’s already in the shop**
We will be showing a daily range of our stock on IG stories (mainly paperbacks & small hardbacks) so please DM us with your email address if you’d like to buy one! Some books we have a pile of, some only one or two so they’ll be sold on a first come first served basis. Delivery will be £1.50 per parcel, can probably only fit 2 paperbacks in one parcel.
Please note we are no longer using our supply chain and are not taking deliveries which means we can’t order in any book you’re looking for. We can only sell what we have IN THE SHOP and only if it fits in the postbox. However we have some pretty amazing stock right now, so watch this space to browse remotely.
If you have a subscription for a year of books that you normally collect, we’ll be in touch soon about April’s book and posting it out to you.
If you have a small-ish book that was a customer order that is currently trapped inside the shop, we can post that out to you too.
And finally, please note, it will be just one person working alone on this, so your patience is appreciated!
Let’s try this! 📚📮❤️
Following the government’s announcement last night, we are suspending book orders and deliveries by bike and post. We are concerned for those working in the supply chain and want to do everything we can to minimise the spread of Covid-19. For anyone who is happy to order and wait, we are compiling a list of orders to be released later.
If you’ve just paid for an order, please rest assured that it has been processed and should reach you in the next 2-3 days.
If you’d like to support us, please contact us to buy Pages of Hackney book tokens which will redeemable against future orders and in the shop once we reopen.
We are really going to miss being part of our community for a while, but please stay tuned for book reviews and updates about live streamed events. Huge thanks for your support as always, stay well.
Eleanor, Jo and Ollie