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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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Emma Donoghue Never had it. Stave off boredom by multi-tasking (several projects at a time) is what I recommend.
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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 lit... Read more of this blog post »
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"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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" Very important, actually. With my first novel (STIRFRY) I changed my mind just before publication, and changed the ending dramatically, but these days ...more "
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“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”
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“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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