Apr 12, 2022
None of This is Serious makes its own magic charting at no 5 on the best sellers list just days after publication
Picked As 'One To Watch' For 2022 by Irish Times, Stylist And Irish Independent and selected as a book for BBC Radio 4 the book has garnered glowing reviews and endorsements on it’s publication last Thursday.
"Seriously good author makes her own magic …. Catherine Prasifka’s novel begins as coming of age story with a love triangle before growing into a more sophisticated reflection on our times…she seamlessly incorporates the countless ways the smartphone infiltrates our days and reflects on the pitfalls of life lived through a filter screen… She is an astute observer of the social dynamics of her generation”
The Irish Times
"Edgy . . . [Prasifka] has a painfully raw and acute gift for catching the way things are"
"An extraordinary novel. None of This Is Serious brilliantly explores the impossibility to "come of age" in end times, where screens are so contiguous to experience that no-one is ever truly online or offline. She writes truthfully and with affectless nuance about the labyrinthine workings of friend groups and the defences women scramble for in a world that still hates us"
Naoise Dolan, Author of Exciting Times
"I inhaled None of This Is Serious. I've been waiting for a fictional story that reflects the all-consuming influence that the Internet has on my life. None of This Is Serious is that story. A compulsively readable, fresh and painfully accurate description of the way we live now. Don't let the title fool you. It is serious. Seriously good"
Louise Nealon, Author of Snowflake
"I absolutely LOVED this novel. Beautifully crafted"
Emma Gannon, Author of Olive
"None of This Is Serious is brilliant - so devastatingly precise about being a young woman living in Ireland and online today, moving deftly between sharp, hilarious observations and heartbreaking, enraging moments"
Claire Hennessy, Author of Like Other Girls
"None of This Is Serious is such a compelling novel, and Sophie is such a relatable character - reading her story felt like one of those meaningful and immersive conversations you can only have with a stranger at 3am in the toilets of a dingy club, all hearts laid bare. At times agonisingly close to the bone, Catherine Prasifka's debut novel is an exquisitely unnerving portrayal of who we are and how we live"
Katie Hale, Author of My Name Is Monster
"A stunning, searing vision of modern neurosis and female experience in the online age, with characters so boldly done they jump out of the page and follow you around the room. You'll come away from it punch-drunk and staggered"
J.R. Thorp, Author of Learwife
"A beautifully written original take on how we're all guilty of taking refuge online as the world around us becomes increasingly confusing"
Stylist, Fiction Books You Can't Miss in 2022
"As we adapt to our increasingly online lives, Catherine Prasifka's debut is the antidote we never knew we needed. We meet Sophie, Prasifka's ultra-relatable protagonist, at a precarious time in her life: leaving university. What happens next is a worthy reminder that Instagram /= reality"
Glamour, Best Books of 2022
The Irish Examiner