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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

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: 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

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

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.

We are Michael Field

We are Michael Field

Author: Emma Donoghue Format: Paperback / softback 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.

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

Inseparable

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

Love Alters

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

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