Being Emily

by Anne Donovan

Family Drama Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Being Emily

A heart warming read about a young girl, Fiona, and her family, coping with the premature death of her mother. Fiona has romantic notions of being like Emily Bronte but her life seems to move from one disaster to another as she struggles to grow up playing mother to her younger siblings while desperately needing the mother’s guidance she no longer has. Told in the first person in a Scottish phonetic style it is easy to pick up the accent which adds a certain charm to this sad yet, ultimately, uplifting story.

Being Emily Synopsis

Things are never dull in the O’Connell family. Still, Fiona, squeezed between her quiet brother and her mischievous line-dancing twin sisters, thinks life in their tenement flat is far less interesting than Emily Bronte’s.


But tragedy is not confined to Victorian novels. And life for Fiona in this happy domestic setup is about to change forever. Following the devastating events of a single day, her family can never be the same. But perhaps, new relationships will develop – built on a solid foundation of love.


Moving, funny and ultimately heart-warming, Being Emily is a wonderful novel about one young girl trying to find her place in the world amid the turmoil that only your own family can create.

Being Emily Press Reviews

'A tender, lyrical coming-of-age narrative, its people drawn with love in that singing Glasgow voice that is Donovan's signature' - Stevie Davies, Guardian

'Donovan's novel is an accomplished family drama which is quirky and endearing. Don't wait until your next life to read it.' - Sunday Herald

'Her deliciously corkscrewed tale flows with the sap of everyday life.' - Sunday Times

'Wonderfully fresh and moving.' - Kate Saunders, The Times

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ISBN: 9781847671257
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847671257
Publication date: 5th March 2009
Author: Anne Donovan
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Anne Donovan

Anne Donovan is the author of the prize-winning novel Buddha Da and the short-story collection, Hieroglyphics. Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. She has also written for radio and the stage and has been working on the screenplay for the film of Buddha Da. She lives in Glasgow.

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