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Bestselling author of Room, Emma Donoghue returns with her new masterpiece, Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family.

Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France.

This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak hache to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's sharp eye and ease with tech help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past, both come to grasp the risks that loved ones take for one another, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a young boy who unpick their painful stories and embark on writing a new one together.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 27mm | 462g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Air Iri OME
  • 1529019974
  • 9781529019971
  • 15,683

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Highly emotional but never sentimental. Vogue
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Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction * Irish Times * Absorbing, truthful and beautiful . . . it is a kind of sustained poem in praise of motherhood and parental love * Observer * Sophisticated in outlook and execution . . . Utterly plausible, vividly described * New York Times * One of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time -- John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Praise for Room:
Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife A poignant and hopeful tale * Woman Magazine * Heartwarming and humourous. * Radio Times * A delicate and moving reminder of the way in which our human stories are made from practical choices - often in life as well as in literature. * Harper's Bazaar * Sweet, tender and defiantly unsentimental, this is a sad, funny look at how flawed, fragile people develop a sense of belonging. * Psychologies * Absorbing. I loved the growing relationship between the two. -- Nina Pottell * Prima * A highly enjoyable novel' * Daily Mail * Poignant and hopeful, the bestselling novelist of Room has delivered another exquisite portrayal of an adult and child making their way in the world. * Woman & Home * An important, touching novel that stays with you long after you're done reading it. * Independent * Akin offers a subtle, entertaining portrait of the relationship-and friction-between age and youth. * The Economist * Highly emotional but never sentimental. * Vogue *
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About Emma Donoghue

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 (Frog Music, Slammerkin, Life Mask, Landing, The Sealed Letter and The Wonder) 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.
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3,921 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 19% (733)
4 42% (1,638)
3 31% (1,224)
2 7% (266)
1 2% (60)
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