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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Other books by Emma Donoghue

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

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 . . . The Lotterys More or Less is bestselling author Emma Donoghue's second novel about a thoroughly modern family, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono.

Akin

Akin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak hache to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's sharp eye and ease with tech help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past, both of them come to grasp the risks that loved ones take for one another, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

Akin

Akin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak hache to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's sharp eye and ease with tech help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past, both of them come to grasp the risks that loved ones take for one another, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback 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 . . .

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.

ebook of the month
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: 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: 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