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Aisling’s back – and she’s off to New York!

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have revealed that the fourth (and penultimate) book in the much-loved Aisling series, Aisling and the City: If she can make it there, she’ll make it anywhere, will be published on 8 October this year.


After a year-long break, following the unprecedented success of the previous three bestselling books in the series – which have sold over 300,000 copies and won two Irish Book Awards – fans of Aisling are in for a treat as our eponymous heroine heads stateside to continue her adventures in adulthood.


As the authors announced the publication date and revealed the book’s cover they said, ‘After a year of spending so much time at home we were very excited to escape to New York with Aisling and lose ourselves in her world. We hope Aisling fans everywhere will find comfort and joy in its pages when they read it too.’


Though the fictional story will be set in a Covid-free universe, the themes many of us have been grappling with this year are weaved into the storyline as Aisling faces the challenge of loneliness and is reminded of the importance of community in times of crisis, prompting her to reflect on what matters in life.


With her café BallyGoBrunch flying and the door firmly closed on her relationship with John, an unexpected job offer sees Aisling boarding a business-class flight to New York in her best wrap dress and heels. As she finds her feet in the Big Apple, she throws herself into the dating game, grapples with ‘always-on’ work culture, forges and fights for new friendships, and brings her good wedges to a party in the Hamptons (much to Sadhbh’s dismay).


But catching up with family and friends on WhatsApp and email is not the same as sitting in Maguire’s putting the world to rights over mini bottles of Pinot Greej and a shared bag of Taytos. And yet New York has so much to offer, not least in the ridey fireman department.


When a crisis in BGB makes her doubt her place in Manhattan, can Aisling retain her New York state of mind, or will the lure of home be too much to resist?


Aisling and the City will be published by Gill Books on Friday, 8 October 2021, priced at €14.99.

For publicity enquiries contact Ellen Monnelly, Publicity Manager, Gill Books, 01 500 9506, 086 838 9611,

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

About the Authors

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen are co-authors of the best-selling Aisling series. Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling was the best-selling fiction title of 2017 and its sequel, The Importance of Being Aisling, won the award for best popular fiction book at the 2018 Irish Book Awards. The third book in the series, Once Twice, Three Times an Aisling, won the same award the following year. Combined, the Aisling books have sold more than 300,000 copies to date.


Emer has worked extensively in journalism and radio and is a columnist at The Irish Times. She knows the N7 like the back of her hand and lives in Dublin 8.


Sarah’s background is in print journalism, specifically magazines. She lives in Dublin 7 and dreams of the day Oasis will reunite.

Aisling and the City cover
Aisling and the City cover

Praise for Aisling:

‘A fictional creature now as beloved by Irish women as anyone who comes from the pens of Marian Keyes or Maeve Binchy, two other writers whose work could also be said to sum up the essential experience of being an Irish woman.’ Lia Hynes, Sunday Independent


‘Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen can look into their hearts and know exactly what the women of Ireland want.’ Irish Independent


‘The literary equivalent of lightning in a bottle. Aisling is a tremendous creation: fun, warm, charming, kind … Breen and McLysaght have a canny knack of hitting on emotional truths. A brilliantly breezy, companionable read.’ Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent


‘A charming creation. Aisling seems on course to match the longevity of her masculine polar opposite Ross O’Carroll Kelly.’ Irish Mail on Sunday


‘Oh my God, such a warm glow this book gave me. In a sometimes sad world it lifted my heart.’ Marian Keyes

‘Soul soothing – l laughed on every page.’ Sophie White, Sunday Independent


‘A tribute to the warmth, charm and resilience of modern Irish women, Aisling is well on her way to becoming one of the most beloved characters in Irish literature.’ Irish Independent


‘Aisling’s voice leaps off the page. It’s this depth of character and eye for detail that make comparisons with the Bridget Jones series spot on.’ The Independent

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