Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).
Chris Roulston interviews Emma Donoghue about The Sealed Letter
Emma Donoghue, author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted Room, talks through the books that inspire her as an author.
With the turn of each page, the characters that roam across these pages go astray. They are emigrants, runaways, drifters; gold miners and counterfeiters, attorneys and slaves. They cross borders of race, law, sex, and sanity. They travel for love or money, under duress or incognito.
The film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's stunning novel Room has been nominated for four Academy Awards, watch the trailer now.
This Saturday is National Libraries Day, an annual celebration that aims to highlight the importance of libraries. To inspire you to visit your local library this weekend, we’ve collected quotes from some of our favourite writers on why they deserve your support.
What does it mean to be a mother? A best friend, a cook, a life coach, a taxi service, a shoulder to cry on? Mothers are often painted in fiction as the epitome of perfection - their patience knows no bounds, their love is unconditional, and they would gladly make any sacrifice necessary for the ...
Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, choses what, in her opinion, are the very best historical novels.
We're delighted to have four Pan Macmillan titles shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards: Emma Donoghue's The Wonder, Paul Howard's I Read The News Today, Oh Boy, Roddy Doyle's Rover and the Big Fat Baby and William Rya...
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The funniest and mostly credibly odd children I've read in a while - Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers https://t.co/RnErDx8p6D
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Best taste of my six-week book tour: a Kouign Amann (pastry, caramel, salt) in Portland OR https://t.co/g6JZR6ALaG via @Eater
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What could Anna be hiding behind that "private prayer?" Read the excerpt to find out what we're talking about, and tell us what you think in the comments. There are only a few days left to preorder a copy of THE WONDER --what are you waiting for?!
Tour dates for THE WONDER coming up:
9/15 London (Irish Centre)
9/17 Dublin (Trinity College)
9/21 in conversation with Belinda McKeon, author of Tender @ Housing Works with Word Bookstore/NYC
9/22 Literary Matters Luncheon/Greenwich, CT
9/22 in conversation with Jessica Knoll, author of The Luckiest Girl Alive@ Stevens Tech with The Little Bookstore/Hoboken, NJ
9/23 The Brattle Theater with Harvard Bookstore/Cambridge, MA
9/26 Pelham, then Grimsby, Ontario
9/27 Toronto Reference Library
9/28 Fort Erie, then Oakville, Ontario
9/29 Kingston Writers Festival
9/30 Ottawa Writers Festival
10/1 Morristown Book Festival/Morristown, NJ
10/2 Book Revue/Huntington Long Island, NY
10/3 The White Hart Speaker Series with Oblong Books/Salisbury, CT
10/4 Canisius College/Buffalo, NY
10/5 The Avid Reader/Athens, GA
10/6 A Cappella Books @ SCAD/Atlanta, GA
10/7 Quail Ridge Books/ Raleigh, NC
10/11 Maryville Talks Books Series with Left Bank Books/St. Louis, MO
10/12 The Irish Arts Center with Glucksman Ireland House/NYC
10/13 Philadelphia Free Library
10/14 Boston Book Festival w/ Maria Semple/Boston, MA
10/15 Calgary, AB
10/16 Whistler, BC
10/17 Victoria, BC
10/18 Vancouver, BC
10/19 LA Aloud Series/Los Angeles, CA
10/20 Book Passage/Corte Madera, CA
10/21 Powells/Portland, OR
10/22 Elliott Bay/Seattle, WA
Another excerpt has been unlocked! Thanks to everyone who added THE WONDER to your Goodreads to-read shelf. In this selection, we learn a little more about Anna, a young Irish girl who claims to not have eaten any food for four months. Tell us what you think in the comments below and don't forget to pre-order your copy!
Have you added THE WONDER to your Goodreads shelf yet? Once we get up to 15,000 shelf-adds, we'll release a new excerpt! Choose your edition below, and don't forget to tell your friends!
67259541155 - 2 months ago
Thanks to all the fans who helped us reach our 5,500 page likes goal! We're thrilled to share the first excerpt from Emma's new novel, THE WONDER. Tell us what you think in the comments, don't forget to preorder your copy, and keep your eyes on this page for more ways to unlock pages from THE WONDER!
Emma Donoghue - 4 years ago
Born in Dublin in 1969, I am an award-winning writer, living in Canada with my family.
My new novel, The Wonder, about a 'fasting girl' in 1850s Ireland, has been shortlisted for Canada's Giller Prize. Next up is my first foray into writing for children, The Lotterys Plus One, a novel for 8-to-12-year-olds (illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono), coming in Spring 2017.
My first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (which Brie Larson did win). I adapted it from my novel Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. I am currently adapting my novel Frog Music, a literary mystery inspired by a murder in 1870s San Francisco, into a feature film for Monumental Pictures.
My other books are the historical novels The Sealed Letter, Life Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
Readers, hearing from you at email@example.com makes my day, and I’ll respond as soon as I can find a moment. Say if you'd like to be included on my mailing list for very occasional news, and if so, what country you live in.
I’m happy to help with any obscure query to which you can’t find an answer on this website or in the many articles by or interviews with me available online... but please don't ask me to provide basic information about myself (I'm talking to you, highschool students with papers due Monday!). I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to visit book clubs in person, by phone or Skype, or to comment on anyone's writing.
For queries about my fiction, non-fiction, drama for stage or radio, or about translations, please contact my primary agent Caroline Davidson of the Caroline Davidson Literary Agency at 5 Queen Anne's Gardens, London, W4 1TU, U.K., Ph 44 20 8995 5768, Fax 44 20 8994 2770, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any US licensing or speaking engagement queries, please contact my American literary agent Kathleen Anderson of Anderson Literary Management, 244 Fifth Ave, Floor 11, New York, NY 10011, USA, Ph 1 212 645 6045, Fax 1 212 741 1936, email@example.com
For queries related to film or tv, please contact my screen agent Kassie Evashevski at United Talent Agency, 9336 Civic Centre Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210-3604, USA, Ph 1 310 273 6700, Fax 1 310 247 1111, EvashevskiK@unitedtalent.com
To request an interview, or invite me to give a talk/reading, please contact the publicists in your territory: Katharine.Myers@hbgusa.com (US)
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