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Sally  Rooney

About The Author

Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin, where she graduated from Trinity College. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Dublin Review, The White Review, The Stinging Fly, and The Winter Pages anthology.

Her debut, Conversations with Friends, is a high-risk, highbrow and intimate novel. It's about Frances, Bobbi, Nick and Melissa, four characters who ask each other endless questions. As their relationships unfold, in person and online, they discuss sex and friendship, art and literature, politics and gender, and, of course, one another. Twenty-one-year-old Frances is at the heart of it all, bringing us this tale of a complex menage-a-quatre and her affair with Nick, an older married man. You can read Conversations with Friends as a romantic comedy, or you can read it as a feminist text. You can read it as a book about infidelity, about the pleasures and difficulties of intimacy, or about how our minds think about our bodies. However you choose to read it, it is an unforgettable novel about the possibility of love.

Below, exclusively for Foyles, Sally selects some of her favourite books, loosely themed around men and women...

Author photo © Jonny I Davies

 

Author Picks

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Junot Diaz
 
Diaz gives us an unsparing insight into the workings of power – not only national and cultural, but also (and relatedly) interpersonal. This is a contemporary novel to make you believe in the idea of the contemporary novel.
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Good Morning, Midnight
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Jean Rhys
 
First published in 1939, Good Morning Midnight is a chronicle of stifling brutality and solitude. While fascism sweeps Europe, Rhys's narrator wanders Paris, broke, exploited and hauntingly alone. This is a depressing book, which it should be, because sometimes life is depressing.
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Franny and Zooey
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J. D. Salinger
I often describe Franny and Zooey as my favourite book. For me, this combined short story and novella has it all – miserable, brainy protagonists, lots of great dialogue, spiritual ennui. The critic Ernst Fischer described it as a "new and extraordinarily subtle form of social criticism". I agree.
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The Golden Notebook
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Doris Lessing
 
The Golden Notebook simply asks all the most important questions about life and literature, one after another, without flinching. Published in 1962, it is a monument of twentieth-century fiction. It demands everything of the reader, and so it should.
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NW
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Zadie Smith
 
A loose, fragmented novel about North London, in which many small glimpses of insight give the impression of a huge, generous portrait of human relationships. Smith really understands people, and this slightly strange, lopsided book is my favourite of her novels.
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10:04
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Ben Lerner
 
I read this book almost in a single sitting, just because I was having such fun in the company of its narrator. I really did laugh out loud several times. Lerner poses such fresh and intelligent questions about art, about men and women, about what constitutes family. I recommend this book at every opportunity.
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Jerusalem the Golden
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Margaret Drabble
 
I discovered Jerusalem the Golden just after I had finished writing my first novel – and, primed to find similarities, I found them everywhere. It is a novel about a young woman from an unglamorous background entering into a sophisticated, bohemian social circle, and beginning an affair with a very attractive married man. Anyway, I loved it.
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My Documents
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Alejandro Zambra; Megan McDowell
 
Translated into English by Megan McDowell, this is a magnificent collection of short stories: ambivalent, fraught, exploding erratically into brutal violence. The text, complex and increasingly layered, seems to require new ways of reading; it felt to me like a new departure for fiction.
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Emma (Collins Classics)
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Jane Austen
 
Personally I credit Austen with the development of the English novel as we understand it today. She is forensically observational, outrageously funny and cruel, and she knows just how to make a reader root for a romantic outcome – not just as a matter of narrative resolution, but as a belief in the nature of love.
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To The Lighthouse (Vintage Classics...
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Virginia Woolf
 
I fall headfirst into Woolf's prose like no one else's. She truly knew how to arrange a sentence. This is a book that envelops you with exquisite language and delivers its stark, shocking psychological insights like a whisper in your ear.
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Conversations with Friends
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Sally Rooney
 
 
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