Genre: English Novel

Published: 2018 - Read:

Normal People

Sally Rooney (1991 - )

Pages: 304


Read some hostile reviews of this, along the lines of... 'Not interested in the characters', 'found the characters annoying' and 'all too self-obsessed'. Still over a million copies sold, and greeted with enthusiasm by the critics. Quite a few awards as well: Voted the 2018 Waterstones' Book of the Year, won 'Best Novel' at the 2018 Costa Book Awards, and long-listed in 2019 for the Women's Prize for Fiction.

I found it quite compelling, and I was sufficiently interested in how it all turned out. The two central characters were convincing. Those who are 'irritated' by them, I suspect, are probably irritated by loads of (young) people in real life. The portrayal of how youngsters at School, and then University, conduct their chaotic love lives was realistic and intriguing.

Disappointed to find out that I have missed the television adaptation. Would have liked to give that a go.

Glad I have read it. It did not blow my socks off.


2018 - July - longlisted for that year's Man Booker Prize

2018 - November - won Irish Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards

2018 - Waterstones' Book of the Year

2019 - January - won the Costa Book Award (formerly the Whitbread)

2019 - longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

2019 - Women's Prize for Fiction