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Astray

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Counterfeiter. Dishwasher. Prostitute. Attorney. Sculptor. Mercenary. Elephant. Corpse.

The fascinating characters that roam across the pages of Emma Donoghue's fact-inspired fictions have all gone astray: they are emigrants, runaways, drifters. They cross other borders, too: those of race, law, sex and sanity. They travel for love or money, incognito or under duress.

Donoghue describes the brutal plot hatched by a slave in conjunction with his master's wife to set them both free; she draws out the difficulties of gold mining in the Yukon, even in the supposedly plentiful early days, and she takes us to an early Puritan community in Massachusetts unsettled by an invented sex scandal. Astray also includes The Hunt, a shocking confession of one soldier's violent betrayal during the American Revolution, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times Short Story Award.

Astray is a sequence of fourteen stories by the prize-winning author of Room and The Sealed Letter. These strange, true tales light up four centuries of wanderings, offering a past made up of deviations, and a surprising and moving history for restless times.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 134 x 146mm | 171g
  • Bolinda/Macmillan audio
  • Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1509811818
  • 9781509811816
  • 1,448,649

Review quote

'Superb ... [Listen to] this book. It is a gem.' -- The Sunday Times 'Emma Donoghue is one of the great literary ventriloquists of our time. Her imagination is kaleidoscopic. She steps borders and boundaries with great ease and style. In her hands the centuries dissolve, and then they crystallise back again into powerful words on the page.' -- Colum McCann
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About Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1969, Emma Donoghue is the youngest of eight children of Frances and Denis Donoghue (the literary critic). She attended Catholic convent schools in Dublin, apart from one eye-opening 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 (unfortunately, without learning to actually speak French). Emma then moved to England, and in 1997 received her PhD (on the concept of friendship between men and women in eighteenth-century English fiction) from the University of Cambridge. From the age of 23, she has earned her living as a writer, and has been lucky enough to never have an 'honest job' since she was sacked after a single summer month as a chambermaid. After years of commuting between England, Ireland, and Canada, in 1998 Emma settled in London, Ontario, where she lives with Chris Roulston and their son Finn and daughter Una. James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield and The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. Khristine studied acting for the theatre and film and soon discovered a love of voice over. You can hear her in various TV and radio commercials, video games, animated series and most notably in over 100 audiobook titles. Khristine has been honoured with several Audie nominations, and in the summer of 2012 earned her first Audie Award in the fantasy category for her performance of Lani Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Robert Petkoff is an award-winning American stage actor known for his work in Shakespearean productions and more recently on the New York City musical theater stage. Petkoff has performed on Broadway, the West End, regional theatre, and done work in film and television. Petkoff was featured as "Perchik" in the Tony award-nominated 1994 revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof but is perhaps best known for his role as "Tateh" in the 2009 revival of "Ragtime" on Broadway. Petkoff has also provided the voices for over two dozen audiobooks, winning awards for his reading of Michael Koryta's So Cold the River. Married to actress Susan Wands, Petkoff has lived in New York City for the last twenty years, and often performs in benefit concerts for theater-district-related charities. Suzanne Toren has appeared on and off Broadway, and in regional theatres around the US. Suzanne is a highly acclaimed, award-winning narrator of hundreds of audiobooks.

She has been featured frequently in AudioFile Magazine, as an Earphone Award winner, and as a Narrator of the Year. She has twice been nominated for an Audie Award for her narration. Dion Graham is an actor, known for The First 48 (2004), Solved (2008) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). He is also a celebrated narrator. He's known in the audio world for his outstanding performances and uniform excellence across genres. Whether interpreting biography or memoir, educating and entertaining younger listeners, or bringing to life what he calls his African-themed works, Graham's range and talent as a narrator have netted him consistently superlative praise, including four Audie Awards, scores of AudioFile Earphones Awards, and numerous other "Best of" accolades.
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