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Emma Donoghue

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Born in Dublin in 1969, I am an award-winning writer, living in Canada with my family.

My new novel, The Wonder, about a 'fasting girl' in 1850s Ireland, has been shortlisted for Canada's Giller Prize. Next up is my first foray into writing for children, The Lotterys Plus One, a novel for 8-to-12-year-olds (illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono), coming in Spring 2017.

My first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (which Brie Larson did win). I adapted it from my novel Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. I am currently adapting my novel Frog Music, a literary mystery inspired by a murder in 1870s San Francisco, into a feature film for Monumental Pictures.

My other books are the historical novels  The Sealed LetterLife Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, and literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

Readers, hearing from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. makes my day, and I’ll respond as soon as I can find a moment. Say if you'd like to be included on my mailing list for very occasional news, and if so, what country you live in.

I’m happy to help with any obscure query to which you can’t find an answer on this website or in the many articles by or interviews with me available online... but please don't ask me to provide basic information about myself (I'm talking to you, highschool students with papers due Monday!). I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to visit book clubs in person, by phone or Skype, or to comment on anyone's writing.

For queries about my fiction, non-fiction, drama for stage or radio, or about translations, please contact my primary agent Caroline Davidson of the Caroline Davidson Literary Agency at 5 Queen Anne's Gardens, London, W4 1TU, U.K., Ph 44 20 8995 5768, Fax 44 20 8994 2770, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For any US licensing or speaking engagement queries, please contact my American literary agent Kathleen Anderson of Anderson Literary Management, 244 Fifth Ave, Floor 11, New York, NY 10011, USA, Ph 1 212 645 6045, Fax 1 212 741 1936, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For queries related to film or tv, please contact my screen agent Kassie Evashevski at United Talent Agency, 9336 Civic Centre Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210-3604, USA, Ph 1 310 273 6700, Fax 1 310 247 1111, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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