Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

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).


An interview with Emma Donoghue

An interview with Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer, born in 1969. She spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes SlammerkinLife MaskTouchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes). We asked her about writing, reading, and a most unusual (and unpleasant) job she once had. The Picador Classic edition of Room, introduced by John Boyne, is out now. 

Ten words at the heart of Frog Music

Ten words at the heart of Frog Music

1. City. Like the residents of other big and self-satisfied urban settlements such as London, by the 1870s San Franciscans often called their hilly metropolis of some two hundred thousand people, simply, ‘the City’.  Writing Frog Music, I thought a lot about what a specifically urban Californian life would have meant to my main characters...

Emma Donoghue: the reading that helped my writing

Emma Donoghue: the reading that helped my writing

Everyone knows that novelists rely on other people’s books for information, but in fact we draw on the work of others for far more than that: for examples of how to tackle a subject, period or structural challenge; for insight into a certain type of character. 

Guardian Interview: Emma Donoghue

In October, bestselling author of Room Emma Donoghue spoke to the Guardian about literary success and how she got their in the first place.

'Sissy' from Emma Donoghue's Three and a Half Deaths

Three and a Half Deaths by Emma Donoghue features an accident, a suicide, an act of criminal negligence . . . and a near-death experience. These stories – set in France, the USA and Canada – bring together calamities from two centuries. The third story from the collection, ‘Sissy’, explores culpability – the survivor’s guilt of the sister of a small child who died in the 1840s in London, Ontario – because the story of any death must include its lingering effects on the living. 

The Sealed Letter longlisted for Orange Prize 2012

Now in its 17th year, the Orange Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction by international female writers, celebrating excellence, innovation and accessibility. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue has been longlisted.

The Sealed Letter: Author's Note

Emma Donoghue offers an author's note to her second novel, The Sealed Letter. Read on for more on this thoroughly well researched and written novel.

Choosing a cover

Choosing a cover

When we published Room from hardback into paperback, we didn't want to make any alterations to this wonderful book. However, one of the things we did change for the paperback was the cover artwork...

 

Come and talk about Room

Emma Donoghue's Man Booker Prize shortlisted Room is out in paperback this month and it is definitely worth talking about. To help you in your discussions with friends or as part of a reading group, we've compiled some questions to think about...

Publishing Room: Creating a buzz

Here at Picador, the buzz around Emma Donoghue's incredible novel Room is really growing, and there is a real sense that this book is something special and very important.

A library for Ma and Jack

Emma Donoghue, author of the highly acclaimed novel Room, offers a fascinating reading list compiled especially for two characters from her own piece of fiction.

An extract from Room by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue's astounding novel Room is a masterful telling of pain, pressure, and human resolve. Here, we offer a sneak peak at an extract from this important piece of fiction.

Publishing Room

Of course, I'm tempting fate massively by saying this about a book we've not yet published, but even so... Room is, I think, one such book. I think it's amazing.