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Faber & Faber, September 2021
Softcover, 352 pages
21.6cm × 13.5cm × 2.5cm

Beautiful World, Where Are You from the internationally bestselling author of Normal People

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Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.

Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young-but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

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Laura is the Weekend Supervisor at Boffins, and has been a member of staff for six years. She's a literature and history student, and has a secret passion for self-help books.

Sally Rooney is back – but not how you may have expected. Coming off the worldwide success of Normal People, her latest novel is a response to expectation. Self-aware, sometimes bitterly so, Beautiful World, Where Are You follows the relationships, friendships, and sexual entanglements of Alice, a novelist, and her best friend Eileen. This is a novel about the slow burn behind things left unsaid, and the mundane made romantic through faults in communication. It’s also a novel about the fiction at the heart of fiction, the bizarre and unique experience of being a famous writer. If you’re seeking Marianne and Connell, you won’t find them here. What you will find is an entrancing story of female friendship, a critique of the publishing industry, and an earnest examination of contemporary romance.

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