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Sally Rooney announces new book 'Beautiful World, Where Are You'

Sally Rooney announces new book 'Beautiful World, Where Are You'

Bestselling Irish novelist Sally Rooney has announced her first novel since Normal People. It's titled Beautiful World, Where Are You and is due for  publication in September.

In a similar style to Conversations With Friends  and Normal People, the novel concerns Alice and Eileen, two friends in their late 20s who face different paths in their lives. Novelist Alice meets warehouse worker Felix, and on a whim asks him to go to Rome with her; while recovering from a break-up Eileen begins to flirt with her childhood friend Simon.

In a statement UK publisher Faber called the novel 'a book of friendship and sex, art and faith, power and love. It absorbs you once again in the inner lives of characters with brilliant minds and aching hearts, while marking the next creative leap from a singular writer. The book scintillates with intelligence, empathy and, yes, beauty.'

As in Conversations with Friends and Normal People, much of the plot unfolds through emails between Alice and Eileen, as they chat about the drama unfolding in their lives.

Beautiful World, Where Are You comes after the critically acclaimed Normal People, which won several awards and was adapted into a highly regarded BBC drama series.