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Emma Donoghue 2021

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Due out late August 2023, my fifteenth novel Learned by Heart tells the long buried love story of Eliza Raine (an orphan heiress banished from India)  and Anne Lister (nowadays nicknamed Gentleman Jack), who met at 14 at boarding school in York. The novel draws on many years of investigation and hundreds of their unpublished letters as well as Lister's five-million-word secret journal.

After productions in England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada, Room is coming to Broadway from April to September 2023, starring Tony-winner Adrienne Warren. I adapted my novel for the stage, with songs by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph.

The Wonder (on Netflix), starring Florence Pugh, is based on my 2016 novel of the same name. The screenplay is by me, director Sebastián Lelio, and Alice Birch and the film has been nominated for numerous awards including the Bafta for Outstanding British Film.

My latest novel Haven is a bestseller in Ireland and Canada. In this adventure story set around the year 600, three men vow to leave the world behind and set out in a small boat to found a monastery on an island their leader has seen in a dream, with only faith to guide them; where they land is the extraordinary island now known as Skellig Michael.