Notes on... Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney


Escaping into someone else's world through a book is one of our very greatest pleasures. Doing so from a sun bed, supping a piña colada with nothing else to do all day — well that's the bestest. Yet to pick a holiday library? Young Irish author, Sally Rooney's debut ménage à quatre is well worthy of your shortlist.

The intelligent, fierce coming of age novel is told by high achieving student and aspiring writer, Frances. The narrative centres around her relationship with Bobbi, whom she considers to be her only friend, and a couple that comes into the pair's life, variously pushing them apart and pulling them closer together.

Full of dialogue, the twisty turmoil of Frances as she tries to navigate issues of identity, adultery, religion, alcoholism, self-harm and her future can make for uncomfortable reading at times. But the exacting way in which Rooney examines Frances' moments of decision and delusion makes for a refreshing read, which feels like it was written by an incredibly sharp twenty-something, probably because it was.

Conversations With Friends at times reads like a feminist text, and at times like you've stepped into a rom com. However you read the novel, something tells us Rooney's got a lot more to say. Get it