Paul Mescal reads ‘Normal People’ passage for Florence Welch’s book club

Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones recently took part in a 'Fleabag' crossover sketch for charity

Normal People star Paul Mescal has taken part in Florence + The Machine‘s new book club – hear him read a passage from the Sally Rooney novel below.

Mescal plays Connell Waldron in the recent BBC adaptation of the book, which gave BBC Three its biggest iPlayer viewing figures ever upon its release.

As part of Florence Welch’s Between Two Books book club, Mescal has read an iconic passage from the 2018 book, the scene where Connell and Marianne reconnect at a house party at Dublin’s Trinity College after losing touch.


Listen to the passage below.

Florence Welch has been running Between Two Books since 2013, with everyone from The Maccabees to Nick Cave recommending their favourite reads to over 100,000 Instagram followers.

Mescal and Normal People co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones recently took part in a charity spin-off of the hit BBC show, confessing their sins to a priest revealed to be Andrew Scott’s character from Fleabag in a crossover of two of the BBC’s most popular recent shows.

Later in the broadcast, a second sketch titled Normal Older People saw Peter McDonald and Deirdre O’Kane playing Connell and Marianne 40 years in the future.


In another charity event linked to the show, Mescal raffled one of Connell’s iconic chains, raising €70,340 (£62,000) for the Ireland-based suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta.

In a recent interview, Winona Ryder said she was “saved” by watching Normal People during lockdown.

“I’ll be weeping all day [because of the Black Lives Matter protests] and then I’ll be weeping all night because I’m watching Normal People,” she told The Times. “I watched it for the third time last night. And I’m planning on watching it more.”

Normal People arrives on Digitally Download from July 3.