THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A BBC ONE DRAMA ADAPTATION CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION
WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018
WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins.
Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE PRIZE 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2019
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We, like pretty much everyone fortunate enough to read it, adored Conversations with Friends. Sally Rooney’s debut was a stunning dissection of human relationships, and her follow-up sees her writing evolve in stunning new ways. Normal People covers a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl; they confront conflicting social statuses, confused feelings and secrets; and circumstances threaten to keep the pair apart while we root for true love to prevail. But Rooney’s too good a writer to fall prey to cliché. Wonderfully generous with detail, she brings us into her star-crossed lovers Marianne and Connell’s passions and idiosyncrasies. Within a few pages, it becomes very obvious that these two are anything but normal people.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I got to read this in my bookclub and it was a good pick. Very modern and truly relatable bringing to mind the effects and importance of mental health. Love is good but needs to be healthy. Great living through the months and years of Connell and Marianne though I must admit I was picturing a much different location to Ireland. It’s a page turner but I found the ending a bit rushed although all good things must come to an end....looking forward to reading her other book “conversations with friends”
Couldn’t put this down. An excellent read.
Misrepresented and disappointing
This book received such major acclaim, but it did not live up to the hype at all. The main characters, relationship was disturbing and frustrating to read. It felt manufactured. It also normalised violence/ aggression in relationships and intimacy. The book was sold as a love story of 2 people continuing to be drawn to one another - that is not what the book is about- I didn’t see any love between the protagonists. Would not recommend