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About the Author

Madeleine Gray is a writer and critic from Sydney. She was a 2021 Finalist for the Walkley Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism, and has written for such publications as Overland, Meanjin, The Monthly, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. She also has a British connection, in that she has an MSt in English Literature from the University of Oxford and is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Manchester.


Green Dot is a sparkling debut - laugh out loud funny and achingly sad . . . Makes us consider that age-old question: why do something even though we know we shouldn't? Madeleine Gray is a dazzling writer - a huge talent
*Gillian Anderson*

Brilliant. Riveting. Sharp. Funny. Dark. I want to give Green Dot all the adjectives but will content myself with saying it is one of the best books you will read all year
*Elizabeth Day, author of MAGPIE*

The intensity of Annie Ernaux's Simple Passion written with the lightness of Bridget Jones's Diary and the irreverence of Fleabag

I wolfed Green Dot down over two nights. An incredibly funny book about a woman having an affair that's a really bad idea. Every sentence sparkles
*Caitlin Moran*

If you liked Fleabag you will love Green Dot
*Pandora Sykes*

So droll, bawdy, sexy, hilarious and good fun, everything you read thereafter seems dull in comparison

What a treat. It's positively indecent that a book this funny should also be so moving and wise and well-observed. Everything I read after finishing it felt a bit anaemic in comparison. Every sentence is a joy
*Rebecca Wait, author of I'M SORRY YOU FEEL THAT WAY*

One of the most buzzed-about books for 2024 is Green Dot and it's a gulp of a read thanks to Gray's fizzing protagonist, Hera . . . Hera's longing, hope and pop culture references (everything from The Wire to Rupi Kaur and British pub opening times are used for proper laughs) make it one of the most entertaining reads we've had in a long time
*STYLIST Unmissable Fiction for 2024*

This book! What a gutting, funny, smart, smart, smart book it is, one that I absolutely inhaled while almost constantly emotionally bracing myself. Madeleine Gray is a hilarious, humane, and highly perceptive writer
*Claire Lombardo, author of THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD*

Hilarious and heartbreaking, Green Dot might just be the debut of the year. It's the type of book you can devour in no time
*THE I PAPER, What To Read in 2024*

As funny as it is bleak, Green Dot is a compulsive read that grapples with the quest for meaning and happiness in our fractured world. Madeleine Gray's luminous debut echoes the canon of literature centred around affairs whilst achieving something completely fresh and asking questions that will stay with readers in the same way her protagonist Hera's voice is sure to do
*Kate Sawyer, author of THE STRANDING*

Just brilliant. Hilarious and sexy but so wise about the human heart, too. Witty as Fleabag, psychologically insightful as Sally Rooney - everyone will be talking about Green Dot
*Lucie Whitehouse, author of LAST WITNESS*

Excruciatingly brilliant. I snorted with laughter and winced in recognition. So painfully, sharply true - this is without a doubt the best book about an affair I've read, and I'm including Graham Greene in that
*Emma Hughes, author of NO SUCH THING IS PERFECT*

This year's Sorrow And Bliss . . . a hilarious and heartbreaking story about a young woman's affair with an older colleague
*DAILY MAIL Best Fiction of 2024*

The hype around Australian author Madeleine Gray is hard to ignore, with writers from Caitlin Moran to Elizabeth Day earmarking this brilliantly funny and observant debut as a must-read
*RED MAGAZINE, Dazzling Debuts for 2024*

Madeleine Gray's brilliantly sharp Green Dot wrenchingly captures what so many of us yearn for: to be loved in the eyes of another for who we are . . . a book so hilariously real and devastating, you'll never stop hoping (or reading)

Is there anything more deeply cursed than being a woman in your 20s? Novelists have been mining this period of life for years, but few get it as well as Madeleine Gray . . . Staggeringly good and wickedly funny

Madeleine Gray takes a scalpel to millennial malaise, office romance, and infidelity, and the result is a brainy, gutsy, nervy - and hilarious - wonder of a novel
*Meg Howrey, author of THEY'RE GOING TO LOVE YOU*

A gripping read that's smart, funny and highly relatable
*Libby Page, author of THE LIDO*

I am obsessed with this book. I am obsessed with Hera, with her dad, her friends, her dog. I am obsessed with how funny she is, and how hopeful and dark and tender and bleak the world is through her eyes. Green Dot is a book about love, and how stupid and funny and absolutely beautiful life can be
*Laura McPhee-Browne, author of LITTLE PLUM*

Fresh and funny
*IRISH TIMES, 2024 Preview*

Green Dot is sentence by sentence perfection. Razor sharp, hilarious, clever, and devastatingly honest, this is going to the book everyone will be talking about in 2024
*Louise O’Neill, author of IDOL*

A novel everyone will be talking about . . . Messy 20-something love from a witty new voice
*GRAZIA, Best Novels of 2024*

A hilarious novel about falling in love with someone you really shouldn't . . . I raced through it with increasing delight . . . Sharp and wise

Full of incredibly sharp sentences and darkly comic moments

Green Dot is for anyone who has fallen for the wrong person, remained in a relationship that is hurting them, witnessed a close friend going through that, or has simply made mistakes . . . It is so droll, bawdy, sexy, hilarious and good fun, everything you read thereafter seems dull in comparison

Wildly funny . . . Fans of Fleabag will adore Green Dot

Darkly funny . . . Gray's writing is witty and sharp and 24-year-old Hera is a character you'll root for

Funny, whip-smart, and unbearably realistic, Gray nails the angst of being young, directionless, and desperate for an emotional anchor. You'll tear through the pages, judging Hera's decisions, and wi11ing her to recognise her value, before realising you've had green dot moments of your own. Genius
*HEAT MAGAZINE, Book of the Week*

Full of sharply penned scenes that fans of Fleabag will love . . . In Green Dot there are no outright villains, nor is anyone 100% angelic - and it's that skill in layered characterisation that will have you riveted until the final page

An acutely witty debut . . . Green Dot's potency lies in its narrator's distinctive voice, ruthless self-scrutiny and droll observations on the absurdities of young adult life . . . Gray brilliantly satirises the indignities of office life on the bottom rung . . . Although ironic and flippant, Green Dot avoids nihilism, and is ultimately about the search for meaning through love

If you're a fan of Fleabag you will love this

One of the must-reads of 2024 . . . swaggering, laugh-out-loud and moving

A sure-fire bestseller. . . deeply moving but hilarious

Gray paints Hera with strokes of authenticity that make it almost impossible not to connect with her. She captures that tricky period between university and the start of grown-up life perfectly . . . I inhaled this book in one weekend

Green Dot is an irresistible story about the skin-crawlingly bad decisions many of us make in the name of love. Scorchingly smart and readable

A droll coming-of-age story that explores what we're really looking for when we fall for the wrong person

Impressive . . . As the story unfolds, what begins as a laugh-out-loud observation of office politics, slowly gives way to a deeply poignant and, at times, heartbreakingly detailed journey of messy self-discovery. The layered characterisation that will have you riveted

Like a Gen Z Bridget Jones... A sparky, snarky, sassy debut novel.
*Erica Davies*

One of the funniest books I've read in a long time.

Gray skillfully blends a rom-com-like breeziness with incisive, nuanced commentary on societal expectations, modern disconnection, responsibility in relationships and selfhood.

There are few greater joys for me than reading a book that gives me a proper laugh as I turn the pages and Madeleine Gray's debut novel does exactly that. The story follows 24-year-old Hera as she tries to find meaning in life with hilarious results. The author has penned a queer love story for modern times that's so readable I've found myself wishing my time on the Central Line on the way to work was longer. Think Fleabag meets Sally Rooney with all the sass.

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