Irish writer Sally Rooney has trumped Michelle Obama’s Becoming to win the Book of the Year at British Book Awards. The novel, Rooney’s second, has sold 185,000 books according to Nielsen BookScan, also winning the 2018 Costa Novel Award and the Waterstones Fiction Book of the Year 2018.
Sally Rooney said of her win: “It’s an enormous privilege and an honour for me to receive the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. I want to say thank you, specifically, because I feel I had an extraordinary lucky experience with this book. I’ve received such enormous support and generosity from my own publisher, Faber & Faber, of course, and also from the bookselling community generally, from libraries and librarians, and the community of people who love books. It has been a really privileged experience for me, and I do feel astonishingly lucky.”
About Normal People by Sally Rooney:
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. 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. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.
WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
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