Get 2 top 10 audiobooks free with a LoveReading exclusive

LoveReading has teamed up with Audiobooks.com to give you the chance to get 2 free audiobooks when you sign up. Try it for 30 days for free with no strings attached. You can cancel anytime, although we're sure you'll love it. Click the button to find out more:

Find out more

Emma Donoghue - Author

About the Author

Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland in 1969 and lived in England before moving to Canada. Emma writes fiction (including the bestselling Slammerkin), drama for stage and radio, and literary history; Room is her seventh novel. Some of the places she found her inspiration : Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), feralchildren.com, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856), John Fowles’s The Collector (1963), Anne Frank’s Diary (1947), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932), Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991), The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1966), but above all in conversation with my five-year-old son.

Featured books by Emma Donoghue

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Frog Music is the new novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Room, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Lenny Abrahamson. San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by a true unsolved crime, Frog Music, a New York Times bestseller, is a dark and compelling story of intrigue and murder.

Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest.     When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.

Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Counterfeiter. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse. The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's latest fact-inspired fictions have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress. Donoghue describes the brutal plot hatched by a slave in conjunction with his master's wife to set them both free; she draws out the difficulties of gold mining in the Yukon, even in the supposedly plentiful early days, and she takes us to an early Puritan community in Massachusetts unsettled by an invented sex scandal. Astray also includes 'The Hunt', a shocking confession of one soldier's violent betrayal during the American Revolution, which has been shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Short Story Award. Astray is a sequence of fourteen stories by the prize-winning author of Room and The Sealed Letter. These strange, true tales light up four centuries of wanderings, offering a past made up of deviations, and a surprising and moving history for restless times.

Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

Other books by Emma Donoghue

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

The Lotterys More or Less is bestselling author Emma Donoghue's warm, funny and compelling novel about a thoroughly modern family, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono. Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven kids who share their big house with four parents, one grandfather and five pets. At nine, she's the keeper of her family's traditions - from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration is forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favourite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city . . .

Lotterys More or Less

Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven kids who share their big house with four parents, one grandfather and five pets. At nine, shes the keeper of her familys traditionsfrom Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumacs on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten.But this winter all Sumacs plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favourite brother cant make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city . . .The Lotterys More or Less is the second of Emma Donoghues stories about the family that likes to say Why not?

Room

Room

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2018

CHto takoe svoboda? I kto svobodnee - chelovek, ni razu v zhizni ne pokidavshij chetyrekh sten, v kotoryh rodilsya, i cherpayushchij znaniya ob okruzhayushchem mire iz knig i cherez ehkran televizora? Ili tot, kto zhivet snaruzhi? Dlya malen'kogo Dzheka takih voprosov ne sushchestvuet. On schastliv, s nim ego mama, on ne znaet, chto po ch'emu-to zlobnomu umyslu vynuzhden zhit' ne tak, kak zhivut drugie. No illyuziya ne byvaet vechnoj, malen'kij chelovek vzrosleet, i odnazhdy nastupaet prozrenie. Togda komnata stanovitsya tesnoj i nuzhno srochno otyskat' sposob, kak vybrat'sya za ee predely.

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down. How will Sumac and her family manage with another person to add to their hectic lives? The Lotterys Plus One, internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, features black-and-white illustrations throughout and is funny, charming and full of heart.

Als Maria in Dublin die Liebe fand

Als Maria in Dublin die Liebe fand

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 22/11/2017

Maria, gerade siebzehn und voller Neugier auf das Leben, kommt nach Dublin, um zu studieren. Sie meldet sich auf eine Anzeige, in der eine WG-Mitbewohnerin gesucht wird. Nach einem skurrilen Bewerbungsgesprach zieht Maria bei Ruth und Jael ein. Die feinfuhlige Feministin Ruth und die abgeklarte, leicht zynische Jael beide schon Ende zwanzig, beeindrucken Maria und machen es ihr leicht, in Dublin anzukommen. Erst allmahlich begreift Maria, dass die beiden Frauen ein Liebespaar sind ...

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Room

Room

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2017

Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor's garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma's games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down. How will Sumac and her family manage with another person to add to their hectic lives? The Lotterys Plus One, internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, features black-and-white illustrations throughout, and is funny, charming and full of heart.

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down. How will Sumac and her family manage with another person to add to their hectic lives? The Lotterys Plus One, internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, features black-and-white illustrations throughout, and is funny, charming and full of heart.

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets - all living happily together in their big old house, Camelottery. Nine-year-old Sumac is the organizer of the family and is looking forward to a long summer of fun. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down. How will Sumac and her family manage with another person to add to their hectic lives? The Lotterys Plus One, internationally bestselling author Emma Donoghue's first novel for children, features black-and-white illustrations throughout, and is funny, charming and full of heart.

Lotterys Plus One

Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2017

Sumac Lottery is the fifth of seven kids in her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. With four parents, a parrot, a dog, a rat and two cats, the sprawling Victorian house they call Camelottery is already quite full (in the best sense). But then one day, Sumac gets the news that one of their grandfathers will be coming to live with them. And not just any grandfathera long-dormant one who fell out with his son so long ago that he hasnt been part of any of their lives.Suddenly, everything changes. Sumac has to give up her room to make the newcomer feel at home. She tries to be nice, but the prickly old man clearly disapproves of how the Lotterys live: whole grains and strange vegetables, odd pets, a multicultural household. . . . Hes worse than just tough to get along withGrumps has got to go! But can Sumac help him find a home where he belongs?

THE WONDER

THE WONDER

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2017

V ehtom velikolepnom romane splelis' voedino nezdorovaya zhazhda sensacij i istinnaya vera v CHUDO!Irlandiya serediny XIX veka. Vnimanie obshchestvennosti privlecheno k odinnadcatiletnej devochke, kotoraya vot uzhe chetyre mesyaca obhoditsya bez edy, no chuvstvuet sebya zhivoj i zdorovoj. V gluhuyu irlandskuyu derevushku so vsego sveta stekayutsya zhelayushchie poglazet' na chudo. CHto na samom dele sluzhit ej pishchej dlya tela i dushi? CHto ehto - chudo ili kto-to manipuliruet rebenkom, chtoby pogubit' ego?Vpervye na russkom yazyke ot avtora znamenitogo romana "e;Komnata

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

The Wonder

The Wonder

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2016

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

Hetpecsetes titok

Hetpecsetes titok

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

A Hetpecsetes titok a 19. szazadi Londonba kalauzolja az olvasot. A megtortent esemenyeken alapulo tortenet ket hosnoje a korabeli nomozgalmak egyik elharcosa, Emily "e;Fido"e; Faithfull, es a jomodban elo, hazassagaba belefasult szepasszony, Helen Codrington. A ket no hosszu evek utan talalkozik ujra az angol fovarosban, s Fido egyik pillanatrol a masikra Helen hazassagi valsaganak kellos kozepeben talalja magat. A valsag vegul botranyos valashoz vezet, amely nemcsak Helen, de Fido jo hiret is kockara teszi. A viktorianus Angliaban nem nezik jo szemmel sem a hazassagtorest, sem a noi egyenjogusagi mozgalmakat, s vegkepp elutasitoak a valassal szemben. Amikor pedig felmerul a gyanu, hogy a ket asszony viszonya tobb is lehetett baratsagnal, Fidonak nemcsak a tarsadalom sulyos iteletevel kell szembeneznie, de onmagaval is, es mindazzal, amit onallo, fuggetlen nokent kepviselt. Emma Donoghue szines tablot rajzol a korabeli angol tarsasagi elet kepmutato vilagarol, a noket sujto megkulonboztetesrol, a feminizmus kezdeteirol, nem utolsosorban a pusztito szerelmi szenvedelyrol. "e;Sodro lenduletu regeny, tele szexualitassal, szenvedellyel es intrikaval."e; (Daily Mail) "e;Letehetetlen olvasmany, akarcsak a viktorianus remregenyek, amelyeket Fido titokban olvas. Erzekenyen megirt tortenet ket no felresiklott baratsagarol, tanulmany a viktorianus London szokasairol es erkolcseirol, a nomozgalom uttoroinek bemutatasa es feszult thriller egy hazassagtoresrol... Magaval ragado tortenet, kifogastalan tortenelmi hitelesseggel abrazolva, orom olvasni."e; (Sunday Business Post) "e;Kellemesen harsany Donoghue elozo konyveihez, A cafkahoz es a Life Maskhoz hasonloan ez a regeny is lelektanilag hiteles, sodro lenduletu es kifejezetten olvasmanyos... A Hetpecsetes titok egyszerre elegiti ki az olvaso igenyet a borzongato szorakozasra, amelyre Helen es Fido vagyik, egyuttal az igazsag, az elkotelezettseg es az arulas jozanabb elemzeset is adja, amit talan Harry olvasna szivesen. Donoghue bensoseges elbeszeloi hangja mindharom hosevel rokonszenvez."e; (New York Review of Books) "e;A szerzo a tortenelmi tenyeket es a lelemenyes fikciot otvozi ugyes es konnyed kezzel: a szereplok hangja az olvaso fuleben cseng meg joval azutan is, hogy letette a konyvet."e; (Sunday Telegraph) "e;A Hetpecsetes titok elvezetes olvasmany, a tortenetet finoman athalozo cselszovessel, nagyszeru parbeszedekkel, melyek eletre keltik az arnyaltan megrajzolt figurakat."e; (Press Association) A Konyvjelzo magazin 2013. novemberi szamaban megjelent cikk: A H betus szo A Konyvjelzo magazin 2013. decemberi szamaban megjelent cikk: Valas a csipkes zsebkendok koraban

Erzekek tanca

Erzekek tanca

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Emma Donoghue filmszeruen pergo regenyenek alaptortenete egy gyilkossagi eset: az 1870-es evekbeli San Franciscoban lelottek egy fiatal not, s a gyilkost nem sikerult kezre keriteni... 1876 nyaran egesz San Francisco a hosegtol szenved, raadasul himlojarvany tizedeli a lakossagot. Blanche Beunon, a varazslatos szepsegu francia bartancosno ezekben a napokban baratkozik ossze az ugyancsak francia bevandorlo Jenny Bonnet-val. A ferfiruhaban jaro Jenny fekezhetetlen szabadsagvagya es megalkuvast nem turo termeszete megbabonazza Blanche-t, s hatasara ugy dont, elhagyja szeretojet, akit addig o tartott el. A ket no egy San Francisco kozeli telepulesen huzza meg magat, mignem egyik este az ablakon at valaki lelovi Jennyt. Blanche ketsegbeesetten probal a gyilkos nyomara bukkanni. Helyzetet sulyosbitja, hogy egykori szeretoje mindenebol kiforgatta, es egyeves fiukat is elrabolta. Mikozben Blanche elszantan kuzd a gyermekeert es az igazsag kideriteseert, Jenny nehez terhekkel teli multjat is megismeri. Vajon ki es miert olte meg a szokimondo Jennyt? A bohem alakokkal teli, bevandorlok szines forgatagatol nyuzsgo San Francisco szinte megelevenedik a regeny lapjain. A lebujok mamoros ejszakai forgataga azonban csak diszlet, mely mogott ott lappang a nyomor es a kiszolgaltatottsag. Hogyan boldogulhat ebben a vilagban, s mikent szerezhet ervenyt az igazsagnak egy egyedulallo no? Emma Donoghue 1969-ben szuletett Dublinban. Kituntetessel vegzett angol-francia szakon, majd Angliaba koltozott, s 1997-ben Cambridge-ben doktoralt. 1998 ota Kanadaban el elettarsaval, fiaval es lanyaval. Tobb irodalmi szempontbol nagy visszhangot kivalto regenyt, illetve novellaskotetet irt, valamint szinpadi es radiojatekok szerzoje. Muveit szamtalan rangos dijjal tuntettek ki, a nemzetkozi elismerest azonban a tobb mint harminc nyelvre leforditott es Booker-dijra jelolt A szoba cimu regenye hozta meg szamara. A Konyvjelzo magazin 2015. aprilisi szamaban megjelent cikk: Sorsok a nagyvaros melyen

Szoba

Szoba

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Az oteves Jack szamara a Szoba maga a vilag. Itt szuletett, es Anyaval egyutt itt eszik, jatszik, alszik es tanul. Jack kepzeletet szamtalan csoda foglalkoztatja - a tojashejakbol epitett kigyo az Agy alatt, a Teveben latott kepzeletbeli vilag, a kucko a Szekrenyben, a ruhak kozott, ahova Anya estenkent lefekteti, hatha jon Patas... A Szoba Jack szamara az otthont jelenti, de Anya szamara borton, ahol tizenkilenceves kora ota - het esztendeje - raboskodik. A Jack irant erzett szeretetbol egy egesz eletet epit fel a kisfiu szamara tizenket negyzetmeteren. Am ahogy Jack kivancsisaga egyre nagyobb, ugy no Anya ketsegbeesese is, hiszen tudja, hogy a Szoba hamarosan szuk lesz kettojuknek... A tortenet, amely Jack egyszerre meghato es vidam eloadasaban bontakozik ki, a szivfacsaro korulmenyek kozepette is legyozhetetlen szeretetrol, az anya es gyermeke kozotti elszakithatatlan kotelekrol mesel. Megrazo, felemelo es magaval ragado regeny, amely mindvegig melyen emberi es megindito marad. A Szoba az a hely, amit sosem fogunk elfelejteni. Emma Donoghue 1969-ben szuletett Dublinban. Angolbol es franciabol diplomazott, majd Cambridge-ben doktoralt. 1998-ban koltozott Kanadaba, jelenleg az Ontario allambeli Londonban el. A Szoba cimu regenyet jo nehany dijra jeloltek es szamtalan dijjal tuntettek ki. Jo esellyel indult a Booker-dijert, s a The New York Times a 2010-es ev hat legjobb regenye koze valasztotta. Eddig harmincot nyelven jelent meg. A 2015-ben keszult filmadaptacio forgatokonyvet is Emma Donoghue jegyzi. A mozi harom Golden Globe-jelolest kapott, az egyiket a legjobb forgatokonyv kategoriaban. "e;Elbuvolo, vicces... ugyanakkor elviselhetetlenul megindito."e; (The Irish Times) "e;Semmi mashoz nem hasonlithato"e; (Observer) "e;Szivszorito"e; (San Francisco Chronicle) "e;Ragyogo prozaval ellensulyozott horrortortenet."e; (The New Yorker) "e;Annyira felkavaro, hogy napokig fogva tartja a gondolatainkat..."e; (O Magazine) "e;Jack hangja a regeny egyik igazi erenye... Lelegzetelallito es nemely pillanatban szivszaggatoan megindito... Igazan emlekezetes regeny; olyan, amelynek millionyi olvasata van: pszichologiai, szociologiai, politikai. Elkepesztoen egyedi modon beszel a szeretetrol, mikozben friss es atfogo kepet ad a vilagrol, amelyben elunk."e; (New York Times Book Review) A Konyvjelzo magazin 2016. marciusi szamaban megjelent cikk: A szoba lelke

Since First I Saw Your Face: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Since First I Saw Your Face: A Short Story from the collection, Reader, I Married Him

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A short story by Emma Donoghue from the collection Reader, I Married Him: Stories inspired by Jane Eyre.'Since First I Saw Your Face' reimagines a relationship between two notable Victorian women.Edited by Tracy Chevalier, the full collection, Reader, I Married Him, brings together some of the finest and most creative voices in fiction today, to celebrate and salute the strength and lasting relevance of Charlotte Bronte's game-changing novel and its beloved narrator.

Signatories

Signatories

Author: Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2016

2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, known as the poets' rebellion , for among their leaders were university scholars of English, history and Irish. The ill-fated revolt lasted six days and ended ignominiously with the rebels rounded up and their leaders sentenced to death. The signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic must have known that the Rising would be crushed, must have dreaded the carnage and death, must have foreseen that, if caught alive, they would themselves be executed. Between 3 and 12 May 1916, the seven signatories were among those executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol. Now 100 years later, eight of Ireland's finest writers remember these revolutionaries in a unique theatre performance. The forgotten figure of Elizabeth O'Farrell - the nurse who delivered the rebels' surrender to the British - is also given a voice. Signatories comprises the artistic responses of Emma Donoghue, Thomas Kilroy, Hugo Hamilton, Frank McGuinness, Rachel Fehily, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marina Carr and Joseph O'Connor to the seven signatories and Nurse O'Farrell.They portray the emotional struggle in this ground-breaking theatrical and literary commemoration of Ireland's turbulent past. A performance introduction on the staging of the play is given by Director Patrick Mason, and an introduction by Lucy Collins, School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, sets the historical context of the play.

Room: Film tie-in

Room: Film tie-in

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A major film starring Brie Larson, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Best Actress BAFTA Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Jack is five. He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom. 'Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days' Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

Room Film tie-in

Room Film tie-in

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A major film starring Brie Larson Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. Room by Emma Donoghue is an extraordinarily powerful story of a mother and child kept in isolation, and the desire for, and price of, freedom.

Emma Donoghue Selected Plays

Emma Donoghue Selected Plays

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2015

The first collection of plays from Booker Prize and Orange Prize finalist and author of international bestseller Room, Emma Donoghue. Contains the plays Kissing the Witch, Don't Die Wondering, Trespasses, Ladies and Gentlemen, and I Know My Own Heart. KISSING THE WITCHAdapted from her book of thirteen revisionist fairy tales of the same name, this play interweaves four classic plots - Beauty and the Beast, Donkeyskin, the Goose Girl, the Little Mermaid - with an invented one about a desperate girl going to a witch for help. Kissing the Witch finds the gritty in the fantastical, and excavates magic to find what's really going on. TRESPASSES Set over three days in 1661, Trespasses is inspired by the judge's own account of one of the tiny handful of witch trials that ever took place in Ireland. It asks why a servant girl who fell into fits would have put the blame on an old beggarwoman - but also, more timeless questions about the clashing cultures that have to share a small island country. Trespasses is about faith and superstition, politics and class, sadism and love. LADIES AND GENTLEMENThis play with songs, set mostly in the dressing rooms of busy vaudeville theatres all over North America, was inspired by a real same-sex wedding that took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1886. It resurrects a ragtag troupe of emigrants - most notably, male impersonator Annie Hindle, 'a man's widow and a woman's widower', as the tabloids called her. With a light touch, Ladies and Gentleman explores the ways we perform our roles, both on and off stage. I KNOW MY OWN HEARTInspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of mannish, arrogant Lister (nicknamed 'Gentleman Jack') and three of her many lovers, I Know My Own Heart explores the different choices women made in a time of limits and prohibitions. DON'T DIE WONDERINGWhen a restaurant cook loses her job because of a homophobic customer, she mounts a one-woman picket in protest. The police officer assigned to protect her is her nemesis from schooldays. This one-act comedy, set in a fictional small town, stages a battle between old and new elements of Irish culture.

Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Frog Music is the new novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Room, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Lenny Abrahamson. San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by a true unsolved crime, Frog Music, a New York Times bestseller, is a dark and compelling story of intrigue and murder.

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Life MaskThe Honourable Mrs. Damer is a young widow of eccentric tastes, the only female sculptor of her time. The Earl of Derby, inventor of the horse race that bears his name, is the richest man in the House of Lordsand the ugliest. Miss Eliza Farren, born a nobody, now reigns as the Queen of Comedy at Drury Lane Theatre. In a time of looming war and terrorism, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask.The Sealed LetterMiss Emily Fido Faithfull is a woman of business and a spinster pioneer of the British womens movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her beloved cause by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helens failing marriage to the stodgy Admiral Harry Codrington. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama more sensational than any Hollywood tabloid could inventwith stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.Based on the details of a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a provocative historical drama that is strangely relevant to modern issues surrounding women, marriage, rights and roles.

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Two-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Emma Donoghue, the celebrated author of Room, brings her considerable talents to the short-story genre with these two moving collections.Touchy SubjectsA man finds God and finally wants to father a childonly his wife is now forty-three years old. A coachs son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A roommates bizarre secret liberates a repressed young woman. From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by a single hair on a womans chin, Donoghue dramatizes the seemingly small acts upon which our lives often turn.AstrayGold miner. Counterfeiter. Slave. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse. The colourful, fascinating characters that roam the pages of Emma Donoghues stories have all gone astray. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

Emma Donoghue Three-Book Bundle

Emma Donoghue Three-Book Bundle

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Stir-FryAn ad in the students union2 females seek flatmate. No bigotsleads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael. But one day, something Maria glimpses by accident forces her to question everything she thought she knew.HoodIn the late 70s, convent school teenagers Pen OGrady and Cara Wall fall in love. They prove themselves to be up to the challenge of a relationship deemed unacceptable in Catholic Irelanduntil Cara dies in a car accident.LandingSile is an Irish flight attendant turning forty. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to her tiny Ontario hometown. On Judes first plane trip, their two worlds meet, and over the course of the next year, their lives are drawn into a new, shaky orbit.

Frog Music

Frog Music

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by true events, Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning Room, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.

Passions Between Women

Passions Between Women

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of confusion and contradiction: she could be put in a freak show as a 'hermaphrodite', denounced as a 'tribade' or 'lesbian', revered as a 'romantic friend', jailed as a 'female husband' or gossiped about as a 'woman-lover', 'tommy' or 'Sapphist'. Through an examination of a wealth of new medical, legal and erotic source material, together with re-readings of classics of English literature, Emma Donoghue uncovers the astonishing range of lesbian and bisexual identities described in British texts between 1668 and 1801. Female pirates and spiritual mentors, chambermaids and queens, poets and prostitutes, country idylls and whipping clubs all take their place in an intriguing panorama of lesbian lives and loves. 'Controversial, erotic and radical, Emma Donoghue's lesbian voyage of exploration outlines an astonishing spectrum of gender rebellion which creates a new map of eighteenth-century sexual territories and identities.' Patricia Duncker

Passions Between Women

Passions Between Women

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Passions Between Women looks at stories of lesbian desires, acts and identities from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. Far from being invisible, the figure of the woman who felt passion for women in this period was a subject of confusion and contradiction: she could be put in a freak show as a 'hermaphrodite', denounced as a 'tribade' or 'lesbian', revered as a 'romantic friend', jailed as a 'female husband' or gossiped about as a 'woman-lover', 'tommy' or 'Sapphist'. Through an examination of a wealth of new medical, legal and erotic source material, together with re-readings of classics of English literature, Emma Donoghue uncovers the astonishing range of lesbian and bisexual identities described in British texts between 1668 and 1801. Female pirates and spiritual mentors, chambermaids and queens, poets and prostitutes, country idylls and whipping clubs all take their place in an intriguing panorama of lesbian lives and loves. 'Controversial, erotic and radical, Emma Donoghue's lesbian voyage of exploration outlines an astonishing spectrum of gender rebellion which creates a new map of eighteenth-century sexual territories and identities.' Patricia Duncker

Zarte Landung

Zarte Landung

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2014

Sie begegnen sich auf einem Langstreckenflug nach London: Jude Turner und Sile O'Shaughnessy. Es ist Judes erster Flug uberhaupt - Reiselust ist ihr fremd. Sie ist im beschaulichen Ireland, Ontario, verwurzelt und betreut dort ein kleines Heimatmuseum. Sile hingegen ist als Flugbegleiterin in ihrem Element. Sie lebt im quirligen Dublin und ist standig auf Achse. Ihre Begegnung uber den Wollken geht keiner der beiden Frauen aus dem Sinn. Sie schreiben sich E-Mails, fuhren Ferngesprache, treffen sich. Sie verlieben sich ineinander - zwei Frauen, deren Welten unterschiedlicher nicht sein konnten ... Zarte Landung"e;, die wunderschn erzhlte transatlantische Liebesgeschichte, ist von Emma Donoghues persnlichen Erfahrungen inspiriert, die sie als Zeitzonen-Tango"e; beschreibt. Es ist nach ihr vierter Roman, der auf Deutsch vorliegt. Unter den Top Ten 2014 der Besten Bcher aus unabhngigen Verlagen"e;!

Inseparable Desire Between Women in Literature

Inseparable Desire Between Women in Literature

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2013

Love between women crops up throughout literature: from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, Agatha Christie, and many more. In Inseparable Emma Donoghue examines how desire between women in literature has been portrayed, from schoolgirls and vampires to runaway wives, from cross-dressing knights to contemporary murder stories. Donoghue looks at the work of those writers who have addressed the `unspeakable subject', examining whether such desire between women is freakish or omnipresent, holy or evil, heart-warming or ridiculous as she excavates a long-obscured tradition of female friendship, one that is surprisingly central to our cultural history. A revelation of a centuries-old literary tradition - brilliant, amusing, and until now, deliberately overlooked.

Stir-Fry

Stir-Fry

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Seventeen and sure of nothing, Maria has left her parents' small-town grocery for university life in Dublin. An ad in the Student Union-"e;2 women seek flatmate. No bigots."e;-leads Maria to a home with warm Ruth and wickedly funny Jael, students who are older and more fascinating than she'd expected. A poignant, funny, and sharply insightful coming-of-age story, Emma Donogue's Stir-Fry is a lesbian novel that explores the conundrum of desire arising in the midst of friendship and probes feminist ideas of sisterhood and nonpossessiveness.

Hood

Hood

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

Hood is a powerful and moving story of a hidden, secret grief from Emma Donoghue, the author of Room.Penelope O'Grady and Cara Wall are risking disaster when, like teenagers in any intolerant time and place - here, a Dublin convent school in the late 1970s - they fall in love. Yet Cara, the free spirit, and Pen, the stoic, craft a bond so strong it seems as though nothing could sever it: not the bickering, not the secrets, not even Cara's infidelities. But thirteen years on, a car crash kills Cara and rips the lid off Pen's world. Pen is still in the closet, teaching at her old school, living under the roof of Cara's gentle father, who thinks of her as his daughter's friend. How can she survive widowhood without even daring to claim the word? Over the course of one surreal week of bereavement, she is battered by memories that range from the humiliating, to the exalted, to the erotic, to the funny. It will take Pen all her intelligence and wit to sort through her tumultuous past with Cara, and all the nerve she can muster to start remaking her life.

Kissing the Witch

Kissing the Witch

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

In Kissing the Witch, Emma Donoghue (author of the Man Booker and Orange prize shortlisted novel Room) unwinds thirteen fairy tales and writes them anew: Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother, Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror, and Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. In these stories, Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances - sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.

Landing

Landing

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Emma Donoghue's Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships-the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet. Sile is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who's traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude's and Sile's worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit. This sparkling, lively story from the author of Room, explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?

Love Alters Lesbian Stories

Love Alters Lesbian Stories

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2013

With this anthology, honoured on first publication as a Lambda Literary Award finalist, Emma Donoghue offers an eloquent and timely definition of the modern lesbian short story. Breaking out beyond North American writer, she assembles an impressively broad array of twenty-nine writers from South Africa to Trinidad, from Australia to Ireland, and from Jamaica to New Zealand. The greater international range is evident not just in subject matter, but in style, too: the writers have little in common other than that they have written on lesbian themes. The intention was not to compile a 'Best of' collection; the focus is very much on new stories rather than those already much-anthologised. Well-known authors are represented, but not by their best-known work, and widely anthologised authors make way for less familiar names. Chronologically, the focus is on the modern side of the watershed marked by the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York and the ensuing Gay Liberation and Women's Liberation movements. Importantly though, these are stories that read like stories. The first section, 'Child's Play' deals with the taboo topic of the sexuality of young girls; 'Present Tense' is concerned with contemporary adult life; while 'Family Values' reclaims that term from right-wing fundamentalists by embracing very different angles on family life. 'Past Times' reflects the burgeoning cultural confidence evident in the growing genre of lesbian historical fiction, while the final, very eclectic 'Possibilities' points to new tendencies in lesbian fiction at the millennium, exploring beyond the boundaries of naturalism. The anthology includes stories by Dorothy Allison, Madelyn Arnold, Rebecca Brown, Anne Cameron, Christine Crow, Jane DeLynn, Elise D'Haene, Emma Donoghue, Mary Dorcey, Marion Douglas, Patricia Duncker, Dale Gunthorp, Susan Hampton, Jane Harris, Annamarie Jagose, Aileen La Tourette, Tanith Lee, Jenifer Levin, Anna Livia, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Ingrid Macdonald, Sara Maitland, Shani Mootoo, Sigrid Nielsen, Jane Rule, Ali Smith, Michelene Wandor, Marnie Woodrow and Shay Youngblood.

Das rote Band

Das rote Band

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

Geboren im London des Jahres 1748 in ein Leben voller Armut, Arbeit und Entbehrungen ... Mary Saunders will mehr. Die Tochter einer Naherin gelustet es nach schonen Stoffen, Spitze, nach einem leuchtendroten Satinband - und sie landet, kaum vierzehnjahrig, auf der Strae. Atemlos verfolgt man das Leben des begabten, intelligenten Madchen aus den Slums, das doch nur einen Platz auf der Sonnenseite des Lebens will ...Die Geschichte einer ungewohnlichen Heldin - aber auch eine Geschichte Londons. Es ist die Zeit, in der Buckingham Palace, aber auch die Elendsviertel des East End entstehen. "e;Farbenfroh, wild und unwiderstehlich. Donoghue malt ein beseeltes Bild - fantastisch."e; The New York Times Book Review

Slammerkin

Slammerkin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2012

'Strangers might remember a trip to see a girl hang, but who would spare a thought for the whos and hows and whys?' At thirteen, Mary, the daughter of a poor seamstress, longs for fine clothes as her neighbours hunger for food and warmth. For the love of a gorgeous red ribbon she finds herself seduced into a life on the cold, dangerous streets of late 1700s London. Her saviour is Doll, a gaudy young woman who takes her under her wing. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and that people like her pay must pay dearly for yearnings not fitting to their class . . .

Three and a Half Deaths

Three and a Half Deaths

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2011

An accident, a suicide, an act of criminal negligence . . . and a near-death experience. The stories in Emma Donoghue's Three and a Half Deaths - set in France, the USA and Canada - bring together calamities from two centuries. 'What the Driver Saw' is inspired by a freak accident on Nice's Promenade des Anglais, the 1920s equivalent of Princess Diana's last ride through Paris. 'The Trap' takes us to New York, 1878, when a woman at the centre of a public scandal decides that she's finally had enough. Any thinking about death must of course include its lingering effects on the living; 'Sissy' explores the guilt and culpability of a woman whose young sister died in the 1840s in London, Ontario. Finally, 'Fall' is about an incident at Niagara Falls in 1901 when a middle-aged schoolteacher staked her whole future on an act so daring it could be called suicidal. A near-death, a sort of rebirth: the kind of moment that makes visible the discreet courage it takes to live a whole life.

Raum

Raum

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 02/09/2011

Auch seinen funften Geburtstag feiert Jack in Raum. Raum hat eine immer verschlossene Tur, ein Oberlicht und ist 12 Quadratmeter gro. Dort lebt der Kleine mit seiner Mutter. Dort wurde er auch geboren. Jack liebt es fernzusehen, denn da sieht er seine "e;Freunde"e;, die Cartoonfiguren. Aber er wei, dass die Dinge hinter der Mattscheibe nicht echt sind - echt sind nur Ma, er und die Dinge in Raum. Bis der Tag kommt, an dem Ma ihm erklart, dass es doch eine Welt da drauen gibt und dass sie versuchen mussen, aus Raum zu fliehen ... "e;Nerven zerreiend und fesselnd. Raum - angeregt von der wahren Geschichte uber Elisabeth Fritzl, eingesperrt mit ihren Kindern von ihrem Vater - ist die Geschichte einer Mutter und ihres Sohnes, deren Liebe sie das Unglaubliche uberleben lasst."e; Psychologies ZUM SPECIAL

Touchy Subjects

Touchy Subjects

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin? Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

Slammerkin

Slammerkin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth. It's a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen. Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnant and almost dies on the dangerous streets of London. Her saviour is Doll - a prostitute. Mary roams London freely with Doll, selling her body to all manner of 'cullies', dressed whorishly in colourful, gaudy dresses with a painted red smile. Faced with bad debts and threats upon her life she eventually flees to Monmouth, her mother's hometown, where she attempts to start a new life as a maid in Mrs Jones's house. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and just how dearly people like her pay for yearnings not fitting to their class in society...

Sealed Letter

Sealed Letter

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2009

Miss Emily 'Fido' Faithfull is a woman ahead of her times, running her own printing press in Victorian London. She is distracted from her work by the sudden return of her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington. Before she knows it, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen's failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama muckier than any Hollywood tabloid could invent - complete with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life. Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter is a compelling and provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian style.

Landing

Landing

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2007

A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships-the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet.Sile is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who's traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude's and Sile's worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit.This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?

Life Mask

Life Mask

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

A love story. A gamble. A battle. Let the games begin. It's an era of looming war, and the erosion of freedom in the name of national security. A time of high art and big business, trashy spectacles and financial disasters. Celebrities are hounded by journalists, who serve up private passions alongside public crises. Marriages stretch or break, and so do friendships; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones. In Parliament, on stage, in the bedroom, at the race track, round the dinner table, old loyalties are wrenched by the winds of change. The World - as elite calls itself - is fighting to survive these chaotic times.

The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits

The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2002

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits is a book of fictions, but they are also true. Over the last ten years, I have often stumbled over a scrap of history so fascinating that I had to stop whatever I was doing and write a story about it. My sources are the flotsam and jetsam of the last seven hundred years of British and Irish life: surgical case-notes; trial records; a plague ballad; theological pamphlets; a painting of two girls in a garden; an articulated skeleton. Some of the ghosts in this collection have famous names; others were written off as cripples, children, half-breeds, freaks and nobodies. The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits is named for Mary Toft, who in 1726 managed to convince half England that she had done just that. So this book is what I have to show for ten years of sporadic grave-robbing, ferreting out forgotten puzzles and peculiar incidents, asking 'What really happened?', but also, 'What if?

Poems Between Women Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship, and Desire

Poems Between Women Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship, and Desire

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/06/1997

The collection Poems Between Women explores many facets of female-female relationships in poems not only about love or affection between or inspired by women but also about the moments that complicate and call into question the nature of sexuality and intimacy between women. Including women married and single, young and old, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual, the anthology covers historical development and changing mores through the seventeenth century, after the Restoration of Charles II, a time of relative freedom for women; the eighteenth century, when the cult of romantic friendship reached its peak; the nineteenth century, when women writers wrote about issues of same-sex desire indirectly and explored complex issues such as death in tones of weariness and resignation; and the twentieth century, when poets began to engage in more overt explorations of women's bodies, sensuality, and lovemaking. Emma Donoghue's introduction deftly guides readers into the rich tradition of women's poetry in English, exploring the relationships between poets and their muses and poets and their cultures. Poems Between Women is testimony not only to the recurring theme of the unique bonds among women but also to the universality of love, friendship, and creativity.