Extract: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Read an extract from Sally Rooney’s critically acclaimed novel Normal People. Charting the on-off relationship between two millennials in Ireland, this exquisite love story explores first love, friendship and how we change one another.


Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.