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Emma Donoghue 2021

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Born in Dublin in 1969, I am an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and playright, living in Canada with my family.

Set in Dublin during the Great Flu pandemic in 1918 (and written before COVID-19), my novel The Pull of the Stars (2020) is about a nurse midwife, a doctor and a volunteer helper living through three days in a maternity quarantine ward.

Akin (2019) is my first contemporary novel for adults since Room. It follows a retired chemistry professor and his eleven-year-old great-nephew from New York on their journey to the French Riviera to unearth his mother's wartime secrets.

The Wonder (2016, a finalist for Canada's Giller Prize and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year), is about a 'fasting girl' in nineteenth-century Ireland and the English nurse sent to watch her. I adapted it into a feature film with director Sebastián Lelio and Alice Birch, starring Florence Pugh, coming to screens soon.

My novel Room (2010) was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. I adapted it into my first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, which was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (won by our lead, Brie Larson). 

My other books are the historical novels Frog Music, The Sealed LetterLife Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; two family stories for younger readers illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono, The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More Or Less; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch.

I have also published 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. 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. I’m afraid I can't visit book clubs in person, by phone or Skype, or comment on anyone's work; I'm always writing, which seems the best use of my time.

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 in London (U.K.), 44 20 8995 5768,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Inspired by the centenary of the Great Flu of 1918 and finished before the current pandemic, my new novel The Pull of the Stars came out worldwide in July 2020 and was an immediate bestseller in Canada, Ireland, the UK and the US; it was shortlisted for Easons Irish Novel of the Year and a Goodreads Choice Award for historical fiction, and longlisted for Canada's Giller Prize. The Pull of the Stars is a story of everyday heroism in a tiny maternity quarantine ward where a nurse midwife, a doctor and a volunteer helper battle to save their patients.