Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney is a prominent Irish author and screenwriter recognized for her millennial-centric narratives. Her acclaimed novels include Conversations with Friends (2017), Normal People (2018), and Beautiful World, Where Are You (2021), with the first two adapted into successful television miniseries.

Sally Rooney was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. Rooney attended Trinity College Dublin, studying English and American literature. She distinguished herself in academia by being elected a scholar in 2011 and excelled outside the classroom as well, becoming a top debater at the European Universities Debating Championships in 2013.

"Conversations with Friends," a novel she wrote as part of her master's studies, sparked her literary career. As a follow-up to this debut, she wrote Normal People, which won the Costa Book Award and received global recognition, being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and translated into 46 languages. Its adaptation into a television series expanded Rooney's influence.

In 2021, Rooney released Beautiful World, Where Are You, which explores the complexities of personal relationships against a backdrop of global and political turmoil.

Sally Rooney explains her approach to writing and the unexpected outcomes of her fame, stating, "Every day I wonder why my life has turned out this way… I never advertised myself as a psychologically robust person, capable of withstanding extensive public inquiries into my personality and upbringing."

Her work resonates with a broad audience due to her incisive observations about the existential anxieties of the millennial generation. In 2022, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Sally Rooney currently lives in the rural West of Ireland, near Castlebar.
years of life: 20 February 1991 present


Abzal Tashenovhas quoted2 years ago
I believe I raised you to be kind to others, she said. That’s what I believe.

Was I kind to others? It was hard to nail down an answer. I worried that if I did turn out to have a personality, it would be one of the unkind ones. Did I only worry about this question because as a woman I felt required to put the needs of others before my own? Was ‘kindness’ just another term for submission in the face of conflict? These were the kind of things I wrote about in my diary as a teenager: as a feminist I have the right not to love anyone.
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It comforted me to know that my friendship with Bobbi wasn’t confined to memory alone, and that textual evidence of her past fondness for me would survive her actual fondness if necessary. This had been foremost in my mind at the time of the break-up also, for obvious reasons. It was important to me that Bobbi would never be able to deny that at one point she had liked me very much.
Abzal Tashenovhas quoted2 years ago
After this conversation I asked myself why it was that I could talk to Nick about my father, even though I’d never been able to broach the subject with Bobbi. It was true that Nick was an intelligent listener, and I often felt better after we spoke, but those things were true of Bobbi too. It was more that Nick’s sympathy seemed unconditional, like he rooted for me regardless of how I acted, whereas Bobbi had strong principles that she applied to everyone, me included. I didn’t fear Nick’s bad judgement like I did Bobbi’s. He was happy to listen to me even when my thoughts were inconclusive, even when I told stories about my own behaviour that showed me in an unflattering light.


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