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Emma Donoghue

Ireland (1969 - )

Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. Since the age of 23, Donoghue has earned her living as a full-time writer. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their son and daughter.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Historical
Emma Donoghue's books for adults only


Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Emma Donoghue
Short stories
The Tale of the Skin (1997)

The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2010) : Room
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : Room
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : The Sealed Letter

Emma Donoghue recommends

Pigeon English (2011)
Stephen Kelman
"This boy's love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through."

The Reinvention of Love (2011)
Helen Humphreys
"Witty, sad and gorgeous."

What I Did (2011)
Christopher Wakling
"This is family life at its most believable: warm and messy, bored and raging. What I Did is every parent's nightmare, but will make you burst out laughing too. I LOVED IT."

The Song of Achilles (2011)
Madeline Miller
"Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories."

Carry the One (2012)
Carol Anshaw
"Will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide."

The Lifeboat (2012)
Charlotte Rogan
"The Lifeboat traps the reader in a story that is exciting at the literal level and brutally moving at the existential. I read it in one go."

Malarky (2012)
Anakana Schofield
"Caustic, funny and moving."

Leap (2012)
Z Egloff
"Verge has heart and wit and intelligence."

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