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Sally Rooney

Author of Normal People

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Sally Rooney is a writer, born in 1991, based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry's Stonecutter and The Winter Page anthology. Her first book, Conversations with Friends, was published in 2017. It won the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her next book, Normal People, was published in 2018 and won the 2018 Costa Prize for Best New Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Normal People… (more)
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Sally Rooney (born 20 February 1991) is an Irish author and screenwriter. Her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, was published in 2017. It was followed by Normal People in 2018. Normal People was adapted into a 2020 TV series.

Rooney was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, in 1991, and grew up there. Her father worked for Telecom Éireann, and her mother ran an arts centre. Rooney has an older brother and a younger sister. Rooney studied English at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), where she was elected a scholar in 2011. She started (but did not complete) a master's degree in politics there, and completed a degree in American literature instead, and graduated from an MA in 2013.[5] Rooney has described herself as a Marxist.

A university debater, as a student at Trinity College Dublin, Rooney rose through the ranks of the European circuit to become the top debater at the European University Debating Championships in 2013, later writing of the experience. Before becoming a writer, she worked for a restaurant in an administrative role. She lives in Dublin.

Rooney completed her first novel—which she has described as "absolute trash"—at the age of 15.
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