Sally Rooney Books

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Sally Rooney is an award-winning Irish author that writes novels and screenplays. She came to fame when she published ‘Conversations with Friends’ in 2017, a novel that became a quick success, both critically and commercially. Rooney was born in 1991 in Castlebar, County Mayo to a Telecom Eireann employee (Her Father) and an Arts Center administrator (Her mother). She was one of three children.

Order of Sally Rooney Standalone Novels

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1Conversations with Friends 2017Description / Buy
2Normal People 2018Description / Buy
3Beautiful World, Where Are You 2021Description / Buy

Order of Sally Rooney Short Stories/Novellas

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1Mr Salary (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Sally Rooney Anthologies

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1 The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners2021Description / Buy
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Even though she graduated from Trinity College Dublin after studying English before completing an American Literature degree, Rooney did not enjoy her time in school. Part of her distaste for formal education can be attributed to the fact that she hated her teenage years. The author did not respond well to authority. She doesn’t appreciate systems that force children to accept authority they did not agree to.

Despite all she has done, Rooney is quick to dismiss claims that she is a high achiever. As a child, she wasn’t particularly intelligent. Her home was filled with books and she read as much as she could. But she had no interest in experimenting with literature that had been published before 1920.

Many students would have loved to enroll at Trinity College Dublin but Rooney did not count her achievement as a major victory. Even though the institution was associated with a lot of prestige, it did not permit the author to pursue English and Sociology, which is what she wanted. Instead, she had to make do with English literature. You won’t find her complaining. She believes that studying English literature changed the way she perceives books.

That being said, she has continued to downplay the fact that she went to Trinity College Dublin. She applies the same attitude to the European University Debating Championships, which she won in 2013. She has gone so far as to describe the competition as a simple game that is no more complex than scrabble.

Her success in publishing can be attributed to her achievements as a debating champion. Tracy Bohan, her agent, took an interest in Rooney after coming across an essay she had written about her time as a competitive debater. Rooney’s style fascinated Tracy. She reached out to Rooney and asked the author if she had anything else that Tracy could read.

Rooney submitted a manuscript that Tracy shopped around to the publishers she knew. The manuscript attracted seven bids, placing Rooney on the path to publishing success. ‘Conversations with Friends’, Rooney’s debut novel was a massive hit that turned the author into a publishing sensation.

Sally Rooney Awards

Rooney has received nominations for Desmond Elliot, Rathbone Folio, and Man Booker Prizes, not to mention an International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards nomination. She won the Costa Book Award in 2018 and the British Book Award in 2020.

Sally Rooney Books into Movies

‘Normal People’ became an Irish TV show. It explored the relationship between Marianne and Connell as the secondary school students entered adulthood.

Best Sally Rooney Books

Some publications have called Rooney the greatest millennial author of the generation. Rooney’s best novels include:

Normal People: Connell and Marianne barely spoke at school. They couldn’t have been more different. Connell was popular and social. Marianne cherished her privacy. The fact that Connell’s mother worked in Marianne’s home as a housekeeper made things awkward. But then Connell showed up at Marianne’s house one random day to pick his mother and a spark flew between them.

In the years that followed, their lives took different turns. Marianne became a social butterfly while Connell retreated into his shell. But even when circumstances conspired to separate them, they kept circling one other, inexplicably drawn to each other.

Conversations With Friends: Frances and Nick had nothing in common. Frances and Bobbi spent their days performing spoken-word poetry. Frances met Nick because Nick’s wife, Melissa, took note of their potential. Nick looked like the sort of patriarch Frances should have hated. But then they started flirting and an intimate connection came alive between them.

What began as a game slowly morphed into something far more intoxicating. It consumed her life, stripping away any control Frances thought she had over her relationships and forcing her to adopt a new disorienting lifestyle, one that permitted her to live from moment to moment despite the painful consequences.

When Does The Next Sally Rooney book come out?

Sally Rooney doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Beautiful World, Where Are You and was released on September, 7th 2021.

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