Beautiful World, Where Are You: Exclusive Edition (Hardback)Sally Rooney (author)
One of contemporary literature’s brightest talents follows up the former Waterstones Book of the Year Normal People with an incisive and affecting dissection of the lives and loves of a quartet of young friends in Dublin and the west of Ireland.
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Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 469 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 23 mm
'A tour de force. The dialogue never falters, and the prose burns up the page.' - Guardian
'Rooney's strongest writing thus far . . . There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance.' - Financial Times
'The book moved me to tears more than once . . . Rooney's best novel.' - The Times
'Written with immense skill and illuminated by an endlessly incisive intelligence.' - Irish Times
'Beautiful World, Where Are You is not just worth reading. It's worth thinking about.' - Irish Independent
'Brilliantly done: gripping, steamy, unbearably sad.' - Telegraph
Praise for Normal People:
'It is time to take a sharp inhale, people. Sally Rooney has produced a second novel, Normal People. It is superb . . . a tremendous read, full of insight and sweetness.' - Anne Enright, The Guardian
'Magnificent . . . Rooney is the best young novelist – indeed one of the best novelists – I’ve read in years.' - Olivia Laing, New Statesman
'Rooney is such a gifted, brave and adventurous writer, so exceptionally good at observing the lies people tell themselves on the deepest level, in noting how much we forgive, and above all in portraying love . . . [Normal People] is a future classic.' - Kate Clanchy, The Observer
'One the best novels I have read in years. Sally Rooney understands the complexities of love, its radical intimacy, and how power is always shifting between people, and she tells her story in a way that feels new and old at the same time. It is intelligent, spare and mesmerising, and it sent me back to an earlier point in my life in such a vivid and real way, reanimating for me with that period of time (first love), which I had thought was lost to me forever, but which felt born again in the form of this book.' - Sheila Heti
'I couldn't put Normal People down – I didn't think I could love it as much as Conversations with Friends, but I did. Sally Rooney is a treasure. I can't wait to see what she does next.' - Elif Batuman
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“Conversations with Normal People”
This is the third novel in what feels like a rather drawn out trilogy, starting with the excellent Conversations With Friends, followed by the rather over hyped Normal People and culminating in this novel that to me,... More
“A Book to Savour”
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book, and have been waiting for a long time to finally review it – and I'm pleased to say it is well worth the hype! I, like everyone else, adored “Normal People”... More
“Her Best Novel To Date”
In some ways a companion piece to her earlier novels but also jumping off into new territory, Beautiful World, Where Are You? is arguably Sally Rooney’s most accomplished novel to date, a book that makes you think and... More
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