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Emma Donoghue

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in Dublin, Ireland



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Emma is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue. She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one year in New York at the age of ten. In 1990 she earned a first-class honours BA in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. Since the age of 23, Donoghue has earned her living as a full-time writer. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 she settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their son and daughter.

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I’m deeply excited to debut the trailer for my new novel Frog Music . It was quite a process sourcing the right images to evoke the 1870s freewheeling California world of burlesque dancer Blanche, crossdressing Jenny and their bohemian associates, but I’m so happy with the result. I strongly believe trailers should whet appetites for novels without summarizing them, and HarperCol... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 18, 2014 06:27 • 997 views • Tags: emma-donoghue, frog-music, historical-fiction, room, trailer-reveal
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Frog Music
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The Sealed Letter
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Life Mask
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 1,407 ratings — published 1995 — 13 editions
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,237 ratings — published 1994 — 13 editions
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April 2014, Emma Donoghue
"The bestselling author of Room returns with a historical mystery, Frog Music, about the unsolved murder of trouser-wearing free spirit Jenny Bonnet in 1876 San Francisco." ...More

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Emma Donoghue made a comment in the group Ask Emma Donoghue - Tuesday, April 22nd!Ask Emma! topic
" Have to go read The Wombles to my kids now. So sorry I didn't have time to answer all these wonderfully interesting questions, and please don't feel i ...more "
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Emma Donoghue made a comment in the group Q & A with Emma DonoghueGender and Violence topic
" My kids are home and my working week is over so that's it, folks. Thanks so much for joining me in the most probing discussion of ROOM I've had yet, b ...more "
Emma Donoghue made a comment in the group Q & A with Emma DonoghueWriting Process topic
" Very important, actually. With my first novel (STIRFRY) I changed my mind just before publication, and changed the ending dramatically, but these days ...more "
" Yes, the Pill is a very brief mention of a daily pill she takes from a pack with a bubble for every day of the month... clearly I should have flagged ...more "
Emma Donoghue made a comment in the group Q & A with Emma DonoghueInside or outside? topic
" Pearl wrote: "I appreciated Digitalenviromentalist comments regarding tv. Just began reading Fay Weldon's book, Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane ...more "
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“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

“In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time...I don't know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well...I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter all over the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there's only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

“If I was made of cake I'd eat myself before somebody else could.”
Emma Donoghue, Room


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44771 Q & A with Emma Donoghue — 348 members — last activity Jul 24, 2011 05:53PM
The winner of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction is answering questions about ROOM, the gripping story of a mother and son held captive in an ...more
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