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Emma Donoghue

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Grew up in Ireland, 20s in England doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature, since then in Canada. Best known for my novel, film and play ROOM, also other contemporary and historical novels and short stories, non-fiction, theatre and middle-grade novels.

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Emma Donoghue Never had it. Stave off boredom by multi-tasking (several projects at a time) is what I recommend.
Emma Donoghue Years of daydreaming, detailing planning, then at least three drafts.
Years of daydreaming, detailing planning, then at least three drafts.
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When your film is in the can (not literally, anymore, of course – more like on the hard drive), it’s time for the screenwriter to get even further out of the way. Of course I was one of the people consulted and shown rough cuts of the film, but basically the editorial process is an intense submersion of the Director and the Editor in the footage, and other people should interfere with it as little Read more of this blog post »
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Wonderfully detailed science in the pleasurable body of a picturebook for adults.
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Maybe not as dramatic a standalone as the first two Thomas Cromwell books, but to me the trilogy read like one long, thrilling immersion in a fine Renaissance mind in times of trouble.
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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.”
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“Everybody's damaged by something.”
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