Author Profile: Sally Rooney

Name: Sally Rooney


  • 20th February 1991

Sally Rooney was born on 20th February 1991 (age 29 years) at Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.

  • 2017

Conversations with Friends – published by Faber and Faber

  • 2018

Normal People – published in 2017 by Faber and Faber

  • March 2017

A short story ‘Mr.Salary’ was nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

  • April 23, 2019

Rooney was selected for the 2019 class of fellows by the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Centre for Scholars and Writers.

  • November 2017

Announced as editor or ‘The Stinging Fly’ an Irish literary magazine

Background: Sally Rooney is an Irish author residing in Dublin, Ireland. She completed her education in English at the Trinity College, Dublin where she was selected in 2011 as scholar. In 2013 she became the top speaker at the European University Debating Championships. Her family includes her mother (who ran an arts centre), father (who worked for Telecom Eireann), older brother and younger sister.

Genre: Fiction

Literary Contributions: Her two notable works include ‘Conversations with Friends’ (published in 2017 by Faber and Faber) and ‘Normal People’ (published in 2018).  ‘Conversations with Friends’ is her debut literary work at the age of 15 years which took the publishing world by storm. However, she calls this book ‘Absolute Trash’. Conversations with Friends is a stingy and barbed exciting book about being fragile and young in new Ireland  set in an dangerously privileged background of small magazines and performance poetry. While brittle sense of self has been maintained, other subjects related to ambition, friendship, sex and love have also been touched upon in the book. The book was nominated for the 2018 Folio Prize and 2018 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize.

She has won a notable award ‘Sunday Times Young Writer (published in 2017 by Faber and Faber’.  ‘Normal People is her second novel that discusses a love story across the class divide. The book is a result of her exploration into the history between two main characters ‘At the Clinic’ her short story. ‘Normal People’ was listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2018 and also won ‘Irish Novel of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. In the novel category, this book won the Costa Book Award in January 2019. It has also been long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Dylan Thomas Prize both in 2019.

Unique Stylistic Features: She finished writing ‘Conversations with Friends’ her debut novel while completing her master’s degree in American literature. She took just three months to write the 100,000 word book. Her fiction deals mainly with the power dynamics of social groups. She is more straightforward about issues that stir her social conscience.