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‘Gripping, steamy, unbearably sad.’ Telegraph
‘It’s a more beautiful world because Sally Rooney’s talent is in it.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
‘A tour de force.’ Anne Enright, Guardian
‘Simply amazing! I would honestly read Sally Rooney’s shopping list and would probably fall in love with it.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
‘Rooney’s best novel yet.’ Brandon Taylor, New York Times
‘There is a reason why she has been heralded the voice of a generation.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
‘The book moved me to tears more than once…Rooney's best novel.’ The Times
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‘Magnificent… Rooney is the best young novelist – indeed one of the best novelists – I've read in years.’ Olivia Laing
‘Will stay with me for years.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
‘Written with immense skill and illuminated by an endlessly incisive intelligence.’ Irish Times
‘What a gem of a novel.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
‘Rooney's strongest writing thus far . . . There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance.’ Diana Evans, Financial Times
‘This for me was absolute perfection.’ ★★★★★ Reader Review
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Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a 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?