Sally Rooney wins Costa Novel Award for Normal People
Irish author Sally Rooney has won the Costa Novel Award for Normal People.
The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.
Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.
Uniquely, the prize has five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.
The judges described Normal People as a “trailblazing novel about modern life and love that will electrify any reader.”
About Normal People:
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.
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The winners of the other categories are:
First Novel: Stuart Turton – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Biography: Professor Bart van Es – The Cut Out Girl
Poetry: J.O. Morgan – Assurances
Children’s Book: Hilary McKay – The Skylark’s War