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31st Dec 2019

An Irish author has been included in Barack Obama’s favourite books of the year

Sarah Finnan

Barack Obama is a man of good taste.

A well-established tradition, each year Barack Obama releases a list of his favourite things.

How very Sound of Music of him.

Naming his top songs, movies and books – it’s quite a comprehensive list, one that could provide some inspiration should you find yourself wanting to branch out into different genres.

While last year Hozier featured with his tune Nina Cried Power, this year it’s Ireland’s literary talent that has impressed.

Revealing Normal People by Sally Rooney as one of his favourite books, it’s amongst good company with the likes of Booker Prize winner Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Telling the story of Connell and Marianne and their somewhat tumultuous relationship, Normal People has consumed the nation over the last year or so with a screen adaptation also in the works.

Being made into a 12-part series for BBC, Three and Hulu, the series is likely to stay fairly loyal to the book-filming across Sligo, Dublin and Italy respectively. Londoner Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to take on the role of Marianne while Irish actor Paul Mescal will star opposite her as Connell.

The series will premiere in 2020 though there is no exact release date as of yet. We’ll have to resign ourselves to rereading the book while we wait.

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