Normal People

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Normal People is the second novel by Irish author Sally Rooney.


The novel is about the complex friendship and relationship between two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, who both attend the same secondary school in County Sligo, and later Trinity College Dublin. It is set during the 2000s downturn period. In the book's story, Connell is a popular, handsome, and highly intelligent high schooler who begins a relationship with unpopular, intimidating, and intelligent Marianne, whose parents employ his mother as a cleaner. Connell keeps the affair a secret from school friends out of shame, but ends up attending Trinity alongside her after the summer and reconciling. Well-off Marianne blossoms at university, becoming pretty and popular, while Connell struggles to fit in properly for the first time in his life. The pair weave in and out of each other's lives across their university years, developing an intense bond that brings to light the traumas and insecurities that make them both who they are.


The novel was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.[1] It was voted as the 2018 Waterstones' Book of the Year,[2] and won 'Best Novel' at the 2018 Costa Book Awards.[3] In 2019, it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction.[4]

TV Series[edit]

On May 30, 2019, it was announced that a TV series based on the novel will premiere in 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Flood, Alison (July 23, 2018). "Man Booker prize 2018 longlist includes graphic novel for the first time" – via
  2. ^ "Love story named book of the year". November 29, 2018 – via
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Front Row - The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es named Costa Book of the Year 2018". BBC.
  4. ^ "Announcing the Women's Prize 2019 Longlist". Women's Prize for Fiction. 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ "Hulu Orders New Series: "Normal People"". The Futon Critic. May 30, 2019.