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.
The best novel published this year. ― The Times
A future classic. ― Guardian
Quite astonishing. ― Independent
The most enjoyable novel of the year. ― Daily Telegraph
The best young novelist - indeed one of the best novelists - I've read in years. -- Olivia Laing ― New Statesman
Rooney has given us a spellbinding twenty-first-century love story, and asserted herself as one of the major young writers in the English-speaking world. ― TLS
Effortlessly brilliant . . . tender and devastating. ― Guardian Books of the Year
The best book I read last year. -- Nigella Lawson
Best novel this year by a country mile is Normal People by Sally Rooney . . . Brilliant. ― Spectator Books of the Year
Love, sex, class, work, miscommunication and melancholy are all described in prose that is somehow at once lapidary and mysterious; glittering but with the feeling of something moving like weather behind the sentences. ― New Statesman Books of the Year
Rooney's second novel is one you read in three days flat, a Tube stop-missing, escalator-reading tale . . . Rooney's style is pure poetry, sparse and heartbreaking, and writing this three months after I finished it I find my chest still aches for the pair of them. ― Evening Standard Books of the Year
About the Author
Sally Rooney is the author of the novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker,the New York Times, the London Review of Books and elsewhere. Conversations with Friends 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. Normal People was the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019 and won the Costa Novel of the Year in 2018. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, as well as the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Rathbones Folio Prize in 2019. Sally Rooney co-wrote the television adaptation of Normal People which was broadcast on the BBC in 2020.