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 Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy 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.