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Author photo. Emma Donoghue © Mark Raynes Roberts, 2015.

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Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature. Her novel Slammerkin was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction. The Sealed Letter, published in 2008, is a work of historical fiction. This work was the joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She continued writing several award winning novels including Room which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in September 2010. Some of her other works include Astray, Three and a Half Deaths, and Frog Music. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Room… (more)
Room 13,544 copies, 961 reviews
Slammerkin 2,436 copies, 89 reviews
The Wonder 2,097 copies, 160 reviews
Frog Music 1,412 copies, 96 reviews
The Pull of the Stars 1,320 copies, 83 reviews
The Sealed Letter 869 copies, 47 reviews
Life Mask 773 copies, 19 reviews
Astray 702 copies, 39 reviews
Akin 523 copies, 34 reviews
Hood 461 copies, 13 reviews
Stir-Fry 430 copies, 11 reviews
Landing 363 copies, 22 reviews
Haven 311 copies, 25 reviews
Patience and Sarah (Introduction, some editions) 742 copies, 18 reviews
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (Contributor) 308 copies, 8 reviews
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (Contributor) 290 copies, 3 reviews
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (Contributor) 276 copies, 21 reviews
Time After Time (Introduction, some editions) 265 copies, 7 reviews
Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel (Contributor) 217 copies, 3 reviews
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (Contributor) 210 copies, 7 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (Contributor) 144 copies
The Vintage Book of International Lesbian Fiction (Contributor) 72 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 135: New Irish Writing (Contributor) 70 copies, 4 reviews
Best Lesbian Erotica 2007 (Introduction) 68 copies
Love & Sex (Contributor) 68 copies, 3 reviews
The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing (Contributor) 38 copies
No Margins: Canadian Fiction in Lesbian (Contributor) 31 copies, 1 review
Circa 2000: Lesbian Fiction at the Millennium (Contributor) 28 copies, 1 review
New Irish Short Stories (Contributor) 20 copies, 2 reviews
The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (Contributor) 16 copies, 1 review
Red: The Waterstones Anthology (Contributor) 5 copies
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Born in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1969, I am the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue (the literary critic). I attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one eye-opening year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 I earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin (unfortunately, without learning to actually speak French). I moved to England, and in 1997 received my PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. From the age of 23, I have earned my living as a writer, and have been lucky enough to never have an ‘honest job’ since I was sacked after a single summer month as a chambermaid. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 I settled in London, Ontario, where I live with Christine Roulston and our son Finn (12) and daughter Una (9).
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