Sally Rooney’s Normal People wins Book of the Year

Photograph by Alberto Cristofari

I first came across Sally Rooney in The New Yorker this year. “Color and Light” was an amazing, unsettling story.

If you like, you can devote 35 minutes of your life to listening to Rooney herself read the story here.

While you’re listening to things, Dan & Eric had a good discussion on the story over at their weekly podcast, Dan & Eric Read The New Yorker So You Don’t Have To.

Her novel, Normal People, has just won book of the year.

Normal People, the critically acclaimed, prize-winning second novelby 28-year-old Irish writer Sally Rooney, has been crowned Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, or Nibbies, on Monday evening.

The book, published by Faber & Faber, triumphed over formidable competition including Michelle Obama’s Becoming (Viking), which won two awards, Non-Fiction: Narrative Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year, and was considered by many to be the standout publishing sensation of the year. Its publisher, Penguin General, was named Publisher of the Year.  (Source: Irish Times)