By (author) Emma Donoghue


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Shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Orange Prize For Fiction. Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 300g
  • 07 Jan 2011
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 0330519026
  • 9780330519021
  • 90

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Author Information

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes includes the bestselling Slammerkin.

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Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time. Jack moved me greatly. His voice, his story, his innocence, his love for Ma combine to create something very unusual and, I think, something very important ... Room deserves to reach the widest possible audience -- John Boyne, author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS I've never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel ... As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him go Daily Mail This is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live New York Times Book Review Startlingly original and moving ... Endearing and as utterly compelling as The Lovely Bones Scotsman This book will break your heart ... It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read Irish Times I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before -- Anita Shreve

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Customer reviews

Not as good as it's reviews

I had very high hopes of a really good read - the reviewers told me it was so!- The beginning was full of promise but he last page I was just going through the motions of finishing the book. Disappointing ending: the writer seemed to run out of steam just past half way through the book, sentences were repeated and quite honestly, some of the Jack's thoughts towards the end just didn't read authentically. One reviewer said it was the new "Lovely Bones" - definitely not, nowhere near. I'm not tempted to read any of the author's other books. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it for what it is if the reviewers had not over egged more
by mercedes deville

Very Good

I didn't really realise how good this book is until I had finished reading. Although I didn't find it terribly enthralling to begin with, it really is worth the perseverance. Very well written and I loved it being from the child's point of view. A very good more
by Katie Lovick

Good read

I enjoyed the book written from the perspective of the child. It was believable in all it's horror. Well written and I wanted to know what happened next so it kept me reading until the end. My book club all found the book more
by Hilary Bishop


I read this book in a day but still not sure whether I enjoyed it... it must have had some appeal as I kept on reading but I wouldn't say it changed my life... it was sad, frustrating, sometimes funny... not a bad more
by Shannon Thomas

The Help

Enjoyed this book, although I don't think it deserves the comparisons to Gone With The Wind. It gets its message across clearly but in an easy reading more
by bobdel