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Writing sensation Normal People author Sally Rooney opens up about struggling with fame

Coverage of the Normal People television show was so ubiquitous that I really could not avoid encountering it even when I tried.”


Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney

Irish novelist Sally Rooney has told how she struggles with fame since becoming a writing sensation - and even muted herself on social media in a bid to avoid reading about herself.

Already an international best-selling writer, Rooney became the most talked-about novelist in recent years when the TV adaptation of her book, Normal People, was a global hit during lockdown.

A series based on another novel, Conversations With Friends, is currently filming in Dublin and Northern Ireland.

“As far as I can make out, the way that celebrity works in our present cultural moment is that particular people enter very rapidly, with little or no preparation, into public life, becoming objects of widespread public discourse, debate and critique,” she said in an interview with The Guardian.

She revealed that she even muted her own name on social media to avoid seeing things written about her. She no longer uses Twitter.

“Coverage of the Normal People television show was so ubiquitous that I really could not avoid encountering it even when I tried.”

Normal People drew a huge global audience when it aired during the first Covid 19 lockdowns and made instant stars of its two leads, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones.

A young cast are currently shooting another novel, Conversations With Friends, on location in Ireland. The cast includes top actor and Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, British actress Jemima Kirke, and up-and-coming Cork actress Alison Oliver. The series will centre on two Dublin college students and the connections they make with a married couple. Both series are produced by Element Pictures.

The author’s eagerly awaited new novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You is due to be released next month. It centres on a writer named Alice, her best friend Eileen, and their relationships with two men, Felix and Simon.

The new arrival is also likely to draw huge interest for a TV adaptation.

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