Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they worry about sex and friendship and the times they live in. Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
Magnificent . . . Rooney is the best young novelist - indeed one of the best novelists - I've read in years. -- Olivia Laing
A tour de force. The dialogue never falters, and the prose burns up the page. -- Anne Enright ― Guardian
Rooney's strongest writing thus far . . . There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance. -- Diana Evans ― Financial Times
Rooney is in a class of her own. ― Grazia
Written with immense skill and illuminated by an endlessly incisive intelligence. ― Irish Times
The book moved me to tears more than once . . . Rooney's best novel. -- James Marriott ― The Times
Brilliantly done: gripping, steamy, unbearably sad. ― Telegraph
Excellent . . . There is so much to talk about. ― Sunday Independent
Beautiful World, Where Are You is not just worth reading. It's worth thinking about. ― Irish Independent
About the Author
Sally Rooney is the author of the novels Conversations with Friends,Normal People and Beautiful World, Where Are You. She was the winner of the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. Normal People ('the literary phenomenon of the decade', Guardian) was the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019, won the Costa Novel of the Year 2018 and the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2019. Sally Rooney co-wrote the television adaptation of Normal People which was broadcast on the BBC in 2020.