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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.

eBooks of the Month
Room: Picador Classic

Room: Picador Classic

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it’s about a five-year old boy who was born in captivity and knows nothing beyond the room he and his mother live in. Told in his voice it is an extraordinary achievement, very well thought out, highly intriguing and unexpectedly sad. ~ Sarah Broadhurst   Winner of the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011.  Winner of the Orange Youth Panel Prize 2011. Winner of the Hughes & Hughes Novel of the Year Award 2010. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. Comparison: Unique, like The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Lovely Bones or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Frog Music

Frog Music

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

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. Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.

eBooks of the Month
Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2013

The award-winning author of Room displays her prodigious writing talents in creating a gem of a short story collection that is full of memorable characters. Ann Patchett, Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto said of Astray ‘There is such a deep and compassionate imagination at work in every story in this collection that Astray feels almost like an act of clairvoyance.'Fascinating and compelling these short stories are inspired by real life characters and events plucked from four centuries of history.

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The Sealed Letter

The Sealed Letter

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2012

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. From the bestselling author of Room comes a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal and forbidden love. Based on blow-by-blow newspaper reports of the 1864 Codrington Divorce, The Sealed Letter, full of sparkling characters and wicked dialogue, is a thought-provoking mystery and gripping drama of friends, lovers and marriage.

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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.

eBooks of the Month
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.

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Other books by Emma Donoghue

Akin

Akin

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

Akin is a tender tale of love, loss and family, from Emma Donoghue, the international bestselling author of Room. '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 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. '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

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

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

Three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. The Pull of the Stars is the Sunday Times Bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wonder and Room. 'An immersive, unforgettable fever-dream of a novel' - The Times The old world dying on its feet, a new one struggling to be born . . . 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. Shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards -- Eason Novel of the Year The Telegraph's 'Best Novels of 2020' Guardian's 'Brilliant Books to Transport You This summer', 'Best Books of 2020' 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: 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 . . . The second book in the children's series The Lotterys, following on from The Lotterys Plus One.

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?

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 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, the first novel for children by bestselling author Emma Donoghue, 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: 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.

eBooks of the Month
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.

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 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.

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, author of the bestselling Room, 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, author of Hallucinating Foucault.

We are Michael Field

We are Michael Field

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

In this profile, Emma Donoghue tells the story of two eccentric Victorian spinsters: Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913); poets and lovers, who wrote together under the name of Michael Field. They wrote eleven volumes of poetry and thirty historical tragedies, but perhaps their best work - richest in emotional honesty and wit - was the diary that the two women shared for a quarter of a century, and these unpublished journals and letters form the basis for the groundbreaking We are Michael Field. The Michaels lived in a contradictory world of inherited wealth and terrible illness, silly nicknames and religious crises. They preferred men to women, and yet their greatest devotion was saved for their dog. Snobbish, arrogant eccentrics who faced bereavement and death with great courage, the Michaels never lost their appetite for life or their passion for each other.