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Normal People (Hardback)

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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER



WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOKS AWARD 2018 (International Author)

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK AWARD 2018 (Novel)

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018



'The best novel published this year.' Times



Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.



This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 29/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9780571334643  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry's Stonecutter and The Winter Page anthology. Her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, was a Sunday Times, Observer and Telegraph Book of the Year; it was shortlisted for both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize, and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Rooney was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for 'Mr Salary' and was the winner of the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her second novel Normal People was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018. She is the editor of the biannual Dublin literary magazine The Stinging Fly.

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Slightly hard going but worth it in the end!

- 29/10/2018
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Sally Rooney has done it again, another superb book. Normal People is not out to inspire, instruct, entertain or talk down to anyone, which makes it something of a refreshing anomaly in current fiction about young people. It is a novel (for anyone, young or old) that simply presents the truth of youthful experiences without the filters of nostalgia or sentimentality. It invites you to inhabit the psyche of someone else – two someone elses: Connell and Marianne – to identify with them and to feel their pain and turmoil. For the reader who connects to that, it is wracking.

- 27/10/2018
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Not quite as good as Conversations with Friends, but still wonderful. Sally Rooney writes beautifully about being young.

- 15/10/2018
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Really beautiful

- 08/09/2018
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