A friendly reminder, Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ hits Australian screens today

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Words by Ella Bazzani-Hockley

Here’s where to watch it. 

If you’re among the millions of Marianne and Connell diehards who consumed Sally Rooney’s second novel, Normal People, in a matter of days – it’s time to fire up your Stan account. 

The BBC/Hulu television series has been in the works since early 2019, and finally, our Irish reverie has been brought to life in 12 30-minute episodes.

The series has already been given five stars by The Guardian UK, and tells the story of two Rooney’s much-beloved Irish classmates, Marianne and Connell, who share a year’s long, coming-of-age, first-love rollercoaster. 

In true BBC style, the melancholic Irish town of Carricklea is brought to life as perfectly gray and rainy; the Irish accents are (dare I say) so sexy that they’re borderline distracting, and I’m fully convinced that lead co-stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal might be the two best things to come out of 2020 so far.

If you don’t remember, a then-27-year-old Sally Rooney effectively went viral back in 2018, with the novel’s minimal cover becoming a much Instagrammed millennial symbol, circulated by the likes of Lena Dunham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Ratajkowski, and even T-Swift. 

The story is actually anything but corny – it’s sentimental, strangely relatable (though dark), and deals with themes like intimacy, love, violence, belonging, and family, with a fair bit of sadness and secrecy, too. 

Rooney’s since come to be revered as a sort of 21st-century Salinger. The NY Times called her “the first great millennial novelist,” with the 266-page story both longlisted for the Man Booker prize, and named Waterstones’ 2018 ‘Book of the Year.’ 

I’m only two episodes deep (when I should be working) and I’m once again reminded of how lucky our generation is to have Sally Rooney. 


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