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Normal People's Sally Rooney announces new book – and fans are thrilled!

Normal People was a huge success on BBC Three in 2020

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Jenni McKnight
Jenni McKnightUS Lifestyle Editor
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Fans of Normal People could barely contain their excitement after it was announced on Tuesday that Sally Rooney is releasing a brand new book!

The author's third novel – Beautiful World, Where Are You – will drop on 7 September but is available to pre-order from Amazon now.

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The novel will follow four young people living in Ireland as they navigate the pressures of work and relationships against the backdrop of political turmoil and fears about money and their futures, The New York Times reports.

WATCH: The incredible trailer for Normal People

"The title itself speaks to some of the book’s themes, it’s an unanswered question," publisher Mitzi Angel, of Faber & Faber, told the newspaper.

"The characters are contemplating a world in which the future is very uncertain for them — what’s the world of work going to look like, what’s going to happen to the planet, what are the politics we are all living through. I think the stakes are higher."

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, £16.99, Amazon


A synopsis on Twitter read: "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. Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?"

As soon as the news was announced on social media, fans were quick to express their excitement. "Just take my money," wrote one on Twitter. A second said: "Wow, just wow! My year just got a whole lot better." A third added: "OMG yay! How exciting."

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Normal People received critical acclaim when the TV adaption dropped in 2020

Beautiful World, Where Are You follows on from Sally's hugely successful novels, 2017’s Conversations with Friends and 2018’s Normal People, which was turned into a hugely successful BBC Three series last year, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell.

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