Emma Donoghue, the author of international bestseller and Man Booker-shortlisted Room (which inspired an Oscar-winning film, for which she was also screenwriter), was born on 24 October, 1969 in Dublin and has won many awards over the course of her career.
Her debut novel Stir Fry was published in 1994 and she won 1995’s Stonewall Award for Hood. She studied English and French while at university and her work has been translated into 40 languages. She now lives in London, Ontario with her partner Christine Poulson and their children.
From Emma Donoghue, the Irish author of Slammerkin and Hood, Room describes the heartbreaking story of Jack and his Ma - who live in a single, locked room with no key. Jack loves watching his cartoon character 'friends' on TV, but knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in the room. Told from Jack's viewpoint as he prepares to celebrate his fifth birthday, Donoghue lets you feel his anguish as Ma admits there is a world outside those four walls. Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and compared to The Lovely Bones, Room takes a profoundly affecting look at motherly love.