Sally Rooney’s Normal People has been crowned as Book of the Year at the British Book Awards in London this evening.

The Irish author is completing a treble of major awards in the UK having won the 2018 Costa Novel Award and the 2018 Waterstones Fiction Book of the Year.

It also won the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards for 2018.

So far the book has sold 185,000 copies according to Nielsen, generating a value of €2.3 million for publishers Faber.

Normal People is Rooney’s second novel after the critically acclaimed and equally popular Conversations with Friends.

“It’s an enormous privilege and an honour for me to receive the overall Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards,” said Rooney.

“I want to say thank you, specifically, because I feel I had an extraordinary lucky experience with this book. I’ve received such enormous support and generosity from my own publisher, Faber & Faber, of course, and also from the bookselling community generally, from libraries and librarians, and the community of people who love books.”

“It has been a really privileged experience for me, and I do feel astonishingly lucky.”

Lee Child was named as Author of the Year. Michelle Obama’s autobiography Becoming was named the Audiobook of the Year and the Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year.

This is the first time that an Irish author has won the Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.


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