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Sep 26, 2023

‘as humorous as it is heartfelt’
Fling published in the US today by Union Square

Joseph Murray’s

At once heartfelt and hilarious, this story of a fateful—and faithful—affair reminds us that sometimes, what we’re looking for might just be closer than we think . . .

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Tara and Colin were instant soulmates. But after six years of marriage and many failed IVF attempts, Tara feels unloved and unsexy, while Colin believes his best days are behind him. Neither Tara nor Colin is the cheating type, but they’re both desperate to shake things up. It seems the relationship is over—until they each secretly download a controversial new dating app, Fling, where married people can find discreet, anonymous affairs online. The rules: no tell-tale photos, no real names, and absolutely no distinguishing details. Soon, Colin and Tara are each sent 100% perfect-match profiles, dream partners—but is true love too good to be real?

Praise for Fling

Longlisted for the BookTok Author Of The Year

“Murray makes the tale as humorous as it is heartfelt, with tough lessons on communication and compromise along the way. Even readers who usually balk at infidelity plotlines will have no trouble empathizing with the nuanced and well-matched protagonists”

Publishers Weekly

“A literary soul brother to the likes of Marian Keyes and Beth O’Leary… a smart look at the current dating climate and online culture..”

Tanya Sweeny, Irish Independent

“The freshest, sexiest, funniest and most poignant book I’ve read in a very long time. I defy any reader not to want to stand and cheer at the end”

Claudia Carroll

Clever, original, witty and great insight into marriage and the problems that come when communication breaks down”

Sinead Moriarty

“a mischievous new voice in Irish fiction. ..a rare combination here: a page-turner with a convincing moral pulsing at its heart….

Maggie Armstrong, Irish Independent

“Fling is a lightning-fast romcom full of comic capers, heartfelt moments and completely loveable characters. It's hilarious and original, with a genius concept that is begging for the big screen. One of the best books I've read this year”

Laura Price, author of Single Bald Female

“Fabulous! A beautiful rom-com of the Nora Ephron variety”

Edel Coffey

“Fresh, funny, genuinely heartwarming”

Catherine Walsh

“Utterly original, emotionally astute and funny, FLING is a fantastic read that genuinely warmed my heart. Murray is a bright and talented new voice in fiction.”

Laura Jane Williams, author of Lovestruck

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