Dublin-born Sally Rooney was working in a restaurant when, one day, she walked out. It was a fortuitous decision. Already a fledgling writer, she channeled her focus into her novel, Conversations with Friends (Faber). Following the story of two best friends whose bond begins to fracture when one of them embarks on an affair with an older man, her work explores the ambiguity of relationships and the fluidity of emotional connections in the modern world. Sparking a seven-way bidding war, with Faber emerging victorious, the rights have now been sold across 12 countries, and Rooney can steer clear of café work for the foreseeable future.
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