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Sally Rooney interview

Sally Rooney interview

In this Man Booker 2018 longlisted author interview Sally Rooney tells us what her next book after Normal People will be about and how she's been reading and writing all her life.


You’re the youngest longlistee this year – when did you start writing?

I can’t remember a time before I could read or write. I think in one way or another I have been writing since before I can remember.

The story shows how a person can change another person’s life- what inspired this idea?

I only came to articulate that idea very late in the writing process, and it was quite a revelation to me. I certainly did not set out to write a novel illustrating that point, but the novel seems to have taken shape around it anyway. I’m still not sure what drew me to the idea, or why I find it so compelling.


Favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

I’m afraid I have read relatively few Man Booker winning novels. I read Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin a few years ago and liked it very much.

What authors have inspired you and your work?

I think whether I like it or not I’m influenced by everything I read—by books I admire, but also books I don’t admire, and also text messages, emails, tweets…

What are you working on next?

I’m going to try and write a novel about beauty.