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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)
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Slammerkin 2,375 copies, 86 reviews
The Wonder 1,866 copies, 152 reviews
Frog Music 1,329 copies, 95 reviews
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Life Mask 754 copies, 20 reviews
Astray 659 copies, 39 reviews
Hood 444 copies, 11 reviews
Akin 434 copies, 33 reviews
Stir-Fry 407 copies, 11 reviews
Landing 344 copies, 22 reviews
The Lotterys Plus One 219 copies, 19 reviews
Patience and Sarah (Introduction, some editions) 715 copies, 18 reviews
Like a Charm: A Novel in Voices (Contributor) 297 copies, 8 reviews
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (Contributor) 275 copies, 2 reviews
Time After Time (Introduction, some editions) 255 copies, 7 reviews
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (Contributor) 245 copies, 18 reviews
Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel (Contributor) 210 copies, 3 reviews
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (Contributor) 196 copies, 7 reviews
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (Contributor) 139 copies
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Granta 135: New Irish Writing (Contributor) 64 copies, 3 reviews
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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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