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'Normal People' review: Novel has been faithfully, earnestly transposed to the screen

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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell (Enda Bowe/BBC/PA)

Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell (Enda Bowe/BBC/PA)

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Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell (Enda Bowe/BBC/PA)

Will Sally Rooney be glued to the screen as the BBC adaptation of her bestseller 'Normal People' makes its terrestrial TV debut this week?

It is possible she will not, in view of her wariness of the hype that has accumulated around her second novel.

This tale of posh Marianne from Sligo and her on-off romance with Connell, a likely-lad GAA star with a hidden introspective streak, has seen Rooney anointed a “voice of her generation”. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is a fan. As is Sarah Jessica Parker. And the entirety of Irish Twitter.


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