Emma Donoghue


Emma Donoghue is the author of seventeen books, including the bestselling novels Slammerkin, Life Mask, and Room. Donoghue's reputation as a literary historian has grown with the publication of two anthologies: Poems Between Women (1997) and The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1999). Over the past two decades she has published many studies of lesbian literary history, including Passions Between Women, and We Are Michael Field. She lives in London, Ontario.

Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for best Canadian novel) and the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year. It has become a bestseller in Ireland (No. 1), the UK, Canada and the US (New York Times bestseller). Room has been chosen as a Notable Book of 2011 by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and Library Journal, and picked as the Indigo Fan Choice of 2010. It will be featured on the TV Book Club (Channel 4 and More 4) in early 2011.


"Happily, Donoghue is a critic who doesn’t fear slumming in the land of potboilers... Donoghue’s adroit commentary, along with her chronologically organized bibliography, makes Inseparable necessary for scholars and enlightening and often amusing for anyone else." – The New York Times Book Review

"A thorough and fascinating piece of criticism, as satisfying as her fiction" – Now (Toronto)

"Meticulously, even painstakingly researched... an expert and innovative analysis... chock full of interesting information, a needed footnote to the history of Western literature." – Toronto Sun