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ROOM, the film, garners awards


Academy Award for Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay

Golden Globe for Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Screenplay

Bafta for Best Actress, Best Screenplay

Irish Film and Television Award Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Music, Best Inter­na­tional Actress, Best Editing, Best Inter­na­tional Actor

Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement

Canadian Screen Awards Best Picture, Best Achievement in Cinema­to­graphy, Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Make-up, Best Achievement in Music, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

ROOM has sold over two and a half million copies in English alone since 2010 and has been translated into thirty-five languages.

Emma Donoghue wrote the screenplay for the film based on her eponymous novel. Lenny Abrahamson directed ROOM and it was produced by Ireland-based Element Pictures. ROOM was released in the US in September 2015 and in January 2016 in the UK.

To read more about ROOM, the novel, click here»

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FROG MUSIC reviews

OUT NOW: from bestselling author of ‘Room’ Emma Donoghue comes a brand new novel, Frog Music.

The novel is brilliant as historical fiction and crime thriller’ — INDEPENDENT

Frog Music is a roiling, simmering brew of a novel: dramatic, unexpected, punctuated by French and American popular songs and based on true events and people.’ — THE SPECTATOR

impressively realised and gripping’ — THE GUARDIAN

Click here for a list of reviews ‘Frog Music’ by Emma Donoghue

Biography: Emma Donoghue

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Chris Greenhalgh’s SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN to be made into a film.

Chris Greenhalgh’s romantic novel, SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN, has been optioned by YRF Entertainment.

YRF Enter­tainment (the US wing of India’s Yash Raj Films) has optioned the novel that dramatizes the real-life affair between legendary actress Ingrid Bergman and iconic war photo­grapher Robert Capa. Arash Amel has written the screenplay.

SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN was published by Viking Penguin in the UK and Common­wealth in 2012; and in the US by St. Martin’s Lane in 2014.

Chris wrote the screenplay for Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky directed by Jan Kounen (2009). This film was based on his first novel, COCO & IGOR about the love affair between the coutourier Coco Chanel and the wildly innovative composer Igor Stravinsky.

For more information about the novel, click here »


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Chris Greenhalgh’s romantic novel of passion, adultery and creativity is published by W. F. Howes in CD and audio download on 1 February 2013.

SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN is sensitively read by the masterful Jonathan Keeble.

Visit the W. F. Howes website for more information or to listen to a sample»


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John Phibbs*


John Phibbs, principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group, is a renowned garden historian and author with more than 30 years’ experience of planning and management of historic landscapes, conser­vation and restoration planning.

He has set up the Capability Brown 1716–2016 Partnership of 20 organ­isations to celebrate the life and achievements of Britain’s greatest landscape gardener and to spread greater under­standing and enjoyment of his work and influence. His book on Capability Brown as a designer will be published by Rizzoli in 2015.

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Emma Donoghue: fresh sounds

2013 heralds a big expansion of Emma Donoghue’s audiobook publications.

THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS is published in audio by W. F. Howes in June 2013.  TOUCHY SUBJECTS follows in July.



ISIS Audiobooks will bring out audio editions of: HOOD (June 2013), STIR-FRY, LIFE MASK and LANDING (August 2013) . ISIS already publish audio editions of ROOM, SLAMMERKIN and THE SEALED LETTER.

More information to follow.


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GQ raves over Ingrid

‘Of what the lovers talked, how they loved each other — and why — can only be imagined and Greenhalgh artfully shuffles the few known facts to create a rich, lyrical novel that manages their love affair without a trace of sentimentality.’

November’s GQ Magazine carries a review of Chris Greenhalgh’s new novel, SEDUCING INGRID BERGMAN. The novel explores the real life affair between two of the most intriguing characters of the twentieth century: the actress Ingrid Bergman and the photo­grapher Robert Capa. Thrown together in Paris, shortly after the 1945 Liberation, the pair begin a passionate affair. But Ingrid has a husband, child and career back in Hollywood. Capa longs for the adrenaline he gets from being a war corres­pondent. Against his better judgement, Capa follows Ingrid back to America, but their happiness is fragile.


Read the full review here»

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ASTRAY shortlisted for Irish Book Award

Emma Donoghue’s latest collection of fact-inspired fictions has been short­listed for Eason Novel of the Year, as part of the Irish Book Awards 2012.

Yes, apparently short story collections are eligible, witness the inclusion of fellow short­l­istees Kevin Barry for ‘Dark Lies the Island’ and Joseph O’Connor for ‘Where Have You Been?’

The shortlist in full:

  • Astray’ by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
  • Dark Lies the Island’ by Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape)
  • Ancient Light’ by John Banville (Viking)
  • The Light of Amsterdam’ by David Park (Bloomsbury)
  • Where Have You Been?’ by Joseph O’ Connor (Harvill Secker)
  • Hawthorn & Child’ by Keith Ridgeway (Granta)



You can online for your choice here until midnight on 18 November. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Dublin’s RDS on 22 November. RTÉ will be broad­casting highlights of the event on 24 November.

‘A bit like Sallynoggin FC making it to the Cup Final’: Joseph O’Connor on being nominated alongside John Banville (Irish Independent)»

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Silver Threads of Hope

Emma Donoghue’s ‘Urban Myths’, appears in this collection of short stories, in aid of Console, the Irish suicide prevention charity.

Sinéad Gleeson is the editor of a collection drawn from the cream of Irish writing, including contri­butions by Kevin Barry, Greg Baxter, Dermot Bolger, John Boyne, Declan Burke, John Butler, Trevor Byrne, Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy, Christine-Dwyer Hickey, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Colm Keegan, John Kelly, Claire Kilroy, Pat McCabe, Colum McCann, John McKenna, Belinda McKeon, Mike McCormack, Siobhan Mannion, Peter Murphy, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Phillip O’Ceallaigh, Keith Ridgway, William Wall and Mary Costello.

Find out more on the New Island website»

Visit Console’s website»

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