A few words about book's author
Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge doing a PhD in eighteenth-century literature before moving to London, Ontario, where she lives with her partner and their two children. She also migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. For more information, visit www.emmadonoghue.com.
Emma Donoghue is an award-winning Irish writer who lives in Canada. At 34, she has published six books of fiction, two works of literary history, two anthologies, and two plays. Born in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 October 1969, 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 B.A. in English and French from University College Dublin, and in 1997 a Ph.D. (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 lover and their son. Biography courtesy of the authors official web site.
Good To Know
Some outtakes from our interview with Donoghue The youngest of eight children, I would never have been conceived if a papal bull hadnt guilt-tripped my poor mother into flushing her pills down the toilet. The nearest Ive ever got to honest toil was a chambermaiding job in Wildwood, New Jersey, at the age of 18. I got fired for my low bathroom standards. My lover and I have a one-year-old son called Finn, whose favorite thing is to rip books out of my hands and eat them. I am clumsy, a late and nervous driver, and despise all sports except a little gentle dancing or yoga. I have never been depressed or thrown a plate, which I attribute to the cathartic effects of writing books about people whose lives are more grueling than mine. I am completely unobservant and couldnt tell you how many windows there are in our living room. I would be miserable in beige; I mostly wear red, purple, and black. The way to my heart is through Belgian milk chocolate.