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Emma Donoghue

Ireland (b.1969)

Emma Donoghueis 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: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, Historical, Mystery
   Stir-Fry (1994)
   Hood (1995)
   Slammerkin (2000)
   Life Mask (2004)
   Landing (2007)
   The Sealed Letter (2008)
   Room (2010)
   Frog Music (2014)
   The Wonder (2016)
   Akin (2019)
   The Pull of the Stars (2020)
   Haven (2022)
   Fourteen Days (2023) (with others)
   Learned by Heart (2023)
   Kissing the Witch (1993)
   The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits (2002)
   Touchy Subjects (2006)
   Three and a Half Deaths (2011)
   Astray (2012)
   Furies (2023) (with others)
Novellas and Short Stories
Anthologies edited
   Poems Between Women (1997)
   Love Alters (2013)
Plays show
Non fiction show
Emma Donoghue recommends
Glorious Exploits (2024)
Ferdia Lennon
"With all the blunt humanity of Roddy Doyle, Glorious Exploits is a vividly conjured vision of the past. Madly ambitious, cathartic like all great tragedy, but shockingly funny too, Ferdia Lennon's outstandingly original debut is just glorious."
The Future (2023)
Naomi Alderman
"How can a novel of big ideas be such compulsively readable entertainment? A nail-biting love story and a witty page-turner about the pros and cons of human civilization, The Future is a wow."
Land of Milk and Honey (2023)
C Pam Zhang
"A brilliant, near-future fairytale, Land of Milk and Honey is the most sensuous novel about food I've ever read."

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Books containing stories by Emma Donoghue
Reader, I Married Him (2016)
Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre
edited by
Tracy Chevalier
Loss (2013)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop
Love (2012)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop

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Award nominations
2024 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : Haven
2011 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : Room
2010 Booker Prize (shortlist) : Room

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