It’s Aisling Day!
With the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s most successful fiction debut, Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling, now in bookshops all over Ireland, the authors and their publisher, Gill Books, share a new video to remind us of our favourite Aisling traits, and offer a sneak preview of what’s in store for the sequel, The Importance of Being Aisling.
Taking up where book one left off, Aisling is now 29 and she’s still a complete Aisling. After a tough year, things seem to be going well for Aisling and boyfriend John, and life with her flatmates Sadhbh and Elaine in their notiony Dublin apartment is more craic than ever. However, readers can expect big changes for Aisling in book two when a shock development sees her moving back Down Home. Can she give up the sophistication of brunch and unlimited Pinot Greej? Will she and Mammy kill each other living back under the same roof? And where does that leave her and John? The storyline includes a hilarious girls’ trip to Vegas which gives Aisling some unexpected confidence that sees her making the decision to grab Ballygobbard by the horns with a new venture.
Fans can expect the same brilliant combination of hilarity and heart from book two, including a surprise engagement, a very public brawl, new friends and nasty foes, and of course a return of much-loved favourite characters Majella and Mammy!
The Aisling character was conceived by authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen in their Stoneybatter flat share in 2008 when they pulled together the many traits, characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl: one they identified around them and one they identified with. Aisling’s popularity stems from her relatability – she is practical and conscientious, sensible and loyal, and she rejects notions of any kind.
Kind and pragmatic, the authors describe Aisling as, ‘Someone we aspire to be more like. Since our first book was published we’ve been blown away by the number of people, male and female, who proudly declare they are “Complete Aislings”. She’s the type of woman who keeps everything together, hence the title of the sequel, The Importance of Being Aisling.’
Authors and best friends, writing-duo Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen have had a whirlwind year since their first book became an instant sensation when it was published in August 2017. It quickly hit the No 1 slot, garnering high praise from fiction-writing stalwarts like Paul Howard, Marian Keyes and Louise O’Neill. It has even travelled across the pond and proven a hit in the UK (despite the many distinctly Irish phrases that proved a challenge for UK editors!). Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling is also set to hit the silver screen soon and the authors recently completed writing the screenplay, juggled with a hectic year travelling around the country meeting Aisling fans at literary festivals.
The authors will be promoting the book from tonight with their first appearance on The Late Late Show, a sure sign that Aisling has entered national treasure territory! They will be signing copies of the book at Easons, O’Connell Street on Saturday, 22 September from 3 p.m. and at Newbridge Silverware Showrooms on Sunday, 23 September at 1.30 p.m.
Check out this hilarious video of authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen on what makes Aisling a complete Aisling: bit.ly/AislingDay18
About the Authors
With more than ten years’ experience in broadcasting and journalism, Co. Kildare native Emer McLysaght wasn’t sure if she’d ever get around to writing that book. However, 2018 finds her with bestselling novel Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling under her belt, co-authored with long-time friend and collaborator Sarah Breen. Emer lives in Dublin and has somehow ended up with three cats.
Born and raised in the village of Borris, Co. Carlow, Sarah Breen started her career in journalism at KISS magazine. Since then her writing has appeared in many Irish print publications, as well as online. She and Emer co-wrote Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling mainly in her children’s playroom, and never dreamed it would be an Irish Times No 1 bestseller. Sarah lives in Dublin 7 with her husband and two daughters, and dreams of the day Oasis will reunite.
Emer and Sarah are working with Element Pictures to bring their first novel to the silver screen, and have already started plotting about what might happen in book number three.
Advance Praise for The Importance of Being Aisling:
’Hilariously funny, but often very moving too. Aisling is the real Voice of Ireland.’ – John Boyne
‘Incredibly funny, warm, fabulous, how do they do it?’ – Marian Keyes
The Importance of Being Aisling: Country Roads, Take Her Home, is out now, published by Gill Books, priced at €14.99/£12.99. For publicity enquiries contact Ellen Monnelly, Senior Publicist, Gill Books, 01 500 9506, 086 838 9611, firstname.lastname@example.org