Writer Sally Rooney on a whirlwind 18 months and her Man Booker longlisting

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To say the last 18 months has been a whirlwind for novelist Sally Rooney is an understatement.  The 27-year-old has had two books publishing in the past year and a half and has earned herself a place on the Man Booker long list for novel number two, Normal People.  “It’s been a massive blur,” Sally told Sean Rocks on Arena.  …

Sally Rooney‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation.’

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It’s what all first-time novelists dream of: a bidding war between publishers for your début novel. Sally Rooney, from Castlebar in Co Mayo, didn’t have to dream the dream because she lived the dream. Her book, Conversations with Friends, tells the story of two students, Frances and Bobbi, whose lives intertwine with those of a married couple, Melissa and Nick. …