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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 Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . . 'Stunning' -- Emily St. John Mandel 'Timely, exquisite and unputdownable' -- Rachel Joyce Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss. From the bestselling author of The Wonder and Room Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer' Cosmopolitan's 'Best Books to Read this summer' Stylist's 'Best summer Reads

Akin

Akin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

From Emma Donoghue, the international bestselling author of Room comes Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. 'If Room forced home truths on us, about parenthood, responsibility and love, Akin deals with similar subject matter more subtly, but in the end just as compellingly' - Guardian 'Poignant and hopeful, the bestselling novelist of Room has delivered another exquisite portrayal of an adult and child making their way in the world' - Woman & Home A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. 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 ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, 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 Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . . 'Stunning' -- Emily St. John Mandel 'Timely, exquisite and unputdownable' -- Rachel Joyce Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work. In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss. From the bestselling author of The Wonder and Room Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer' Cosmopolitan's 'Best Books to Read this summer' Stylist's 'Best summer Reads

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

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

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 . . .

Akin

Akin

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

Bestselling author of Room, Emma Donoghue returns with 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 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 young boy who unpick their painful stories and embark on writing a new one together.

Akin

Akin

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Bestselling author of Room, Emma Donoghue returns with 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 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 young boy who unpick their painful stories and embark on writing a new one together.

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/09/2019

The Lotterys More or Less

The Lotterys More or Less

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2019

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?

The Lotterys Plus One

The Lotterys Plus One

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2018

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 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.