Room

by Emma Donoghue

Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Room

One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

 

A 2012 World Book Night selection.

 

Winner of the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011.

This was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize but I believed at the time it would never win for it is far too commercial. 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.

 

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

 

Winner of the Orange Youth Panel Prize 2011.

 

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 7 April 2011.

 

Viewers of The TV Book Club have voted Room their favourite Spring read.

 

Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 16 Jan 2011.

 

Winner of the Hughes & Hughes Novel of the Year Award 2010.

 

Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year 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.

Sarah Broadhurst

Room Synopsis

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 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 'One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time' John Boyne 'Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language ...Room is unlike anything I've ever read before' Anita Shreve 'Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory' Michael Cunningham.

Room Press Reviews

'Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. 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

'Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important ... Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience' - John Boyne

'I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before' - Anita Shreve

 

This book will break your heart . . . It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read’ Irish Times

‘Startlingly original and moving . . . Endearing and as utterly compelling as THE LOVELY BONES’ Scotsman

‘I’ve never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel . . . As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him go’ Daily Mail

‘This is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live’ New York Times Book Review

 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780330519021
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330519014
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330519021
Publication date: 7th January 2011
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Emma Donoghue

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.

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