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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 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.

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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.

Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2016

Astray

Astray

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/01/2016

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.

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

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.