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Novelist Sally Rooney has caused quite a stir with her latest release Beautiful World, Where Are You?
Following the success of her debut novel Normal People, which has since been developed into a hugely successful HBO series, and Conversations With Friends, currently in production for broadcast next year, comes her third release, which topped both Amazon's best-selling and most wished-for lists, ahead of its official release date on 7 September.
Fans flocked to the launch at Waterstones in London's Piccadilly Circus on Monday 6 September to buy her new opus and meet the author.
When we thought nothing could top the plaudits (and sales) Rooney received for Normal People, she's done it again and Waterstones has confirmed that her last novel was their biggest fiction order ever.
Fans have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the new novel - and uncorrected proof copies of her text are being sold online for hundreds of dollars.
Rooney fans have shared their excitement over the launch, one saying it was "carnage at my local bookshop".
Meanwhile, Waterstones Piccadilly shared snaps of early-bird customers who were queueing to snap up their signed copies at 8am.
Beautiful World, you are here.
Lots of lovely earlybird customers here at 8am to snap up our Sally Rooney signed copies, tote bags, badges, and bookmarks. Thank you all.
Signed copies now sold out. #BWWAY @FaberBooks pic.twitter.com/ZzmHSBSRUo
— Waterstones Piccadilly, London (@WaterstonesPicc) September 7, 2021
No I did not run to a Waterstones near by to get a copy of the new Sally Rooney book, only to get a tote bag( which they had already run out of) might add I already preordered the book from a different bookstore. But one can try. #sallyrooney @FaberBooks @Waterstones pic.twitter.com/4ERuvK6fIC
— Brigitte Krause (@TheBrigitteEdit) September 7, 2021
SHOP DOWN THE ROAD HAS LIMITED SIGNED COPIES OF NEW SALLY ROONEY I MIGHT HAVE MISSED THEM pic.twitter.com/xeGZW2gR8M
— Lyanna (@lyannaxxh) September 7, 2021
Buy it: Beautiful World, Where Are You | £10.19 from Amazon
Also available at Waterstones.
Beautiful World, Where Are You? is a coming-of-age story, which follows four friends on their journey through life.
Novelist Alice strikes up a fondness for Felix, who works in a warehouse, and takes the leap to invite him to Rome, while her best friend, Eileen, is overcoming heartache in Ireland, which she deals with by flirting with long-term friend Simon.
The novel addresses young love, sex, friendship, and growing up, themes explored in Rooney's two previous releases.
However, it is also available in a Kindle edition for £6.02.
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