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The 'Normal People' author joins Emma Dabiri to discuss her third novel in this global exclusive presented by the Southbank Centre and the London Review Bookshop.

Since the publication of her debut novel 'Conversations with Friends' in 2017, Rooney has become the defining novelist of her generation, described by the New York Times as the ‘first great millennial author’. Her second novel, 'Normal People' was called ‘the literary phenomenon of the decade’ by The Guardian, and adapted into an award-winning BBC series, garnering an Emmy nomination for Rooney.

'Beautiful World, Where Are You', published today, centres on the friendship between two women. Alice is a successful novelist who has moved to a small town on the west coast of Ireland and Elieen has stayed in Dublin and works for a literary magazine. Their friendship is charted through emails that punctuate the novel, fraught with concerns about their relationships and the world they live in, from climate change to identity politics, often refracted through the lens of their romantic entanglements. Alice has begun a relationship with Felix, who works in a warehouse, and Elieen has fallen into a relationship with Simon, whom she has known since childhood.

Through the overwhelming tumult of their relationships and wider society, Alice and Eileen are attempting to believe in a beautiful world, while reconciling themselves to the one they inhabit.

Rooney was the winner of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. In 2018, 'Conversations with Friends' was shortlisted for both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize, while 'Normal People' was named Waterstones Book of the Year, won the Costa Novel Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Rooney won the Encore Award for 'Normal People' in 2019. She was the editor of literary magazine The Stinging Fly in 2018 and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library from 2019 & 2020.

Copies of 'Beautiful World, Where Are You' are available to buy as an optional add-on for £16.99. Please note books can only be shipped to UK addresses.

This event is Speech-to-Text transcribed and broadcast live (available for 7 days on demand).

Presented by Southbank Centre.

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