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How Sally Rooney’s rare talent will ensure novel cuts through the hype

Tanya Sweeney


Shades of ‘Normal People’ in absorbing new book

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Sally Rooney’s new book, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’, is an entertaining slow-burn. Photo: David Conachy

Sally Rooney’s new book, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’, is an entertaining slow-burn. Photo: David Conachy

Sally Rooney’s new book, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’, is an entertaining slow-burn. Photo: David Conachy

How do you solve a problem like Marianne? Not that Marianne and her Normal People co-protagonist Connell have been a problem, per se. Far from it: their love story propelled the author Sally Rooney towards unimaginable success and acclaim, resulting in being longlisted for the Booker, a Costa award win, and a TV adaptation that had fans foaming at the gills.

Even the most assured and seasoned of writers would find following up on all of this a considerable task.


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