Emma Donoghue’s aston­ishing new novel is published by Picador in the UK and Little, Brown Inc. in the US.

Imagine a room. Eleven feet by eleven. Bed. Bath. Wardrobe. Table. Chair. Rocker. Stove. Television. No windows. Only Skylight. Door is locked. Always. Imagine this is your home. The only home you’ve ever known.

Meet Jack. It’s his birthday. He’s five.

Jack lives in Room with Ma. Jack has never been Outside.

Narrated by Jack, Emma Donoghue’s ROOM turns the horror of real-life cases of forced impris­onment into a moving exploration of human resilience, the intimate bond between mother and child, and the assumptions we all make about the world around us.

Emma writes:

Although I have often been inspired by real events from previous centuries, this is the first time I’ve ever felt compelled to tackle a subject from today’s headlines. I was taken over by the idea of a child born into captivity and raised in secret isolation in the middle of a contem­porary city, with everything he needs except one of the biggest things — freedom. It struck me as one of those weird situations that can illuminate the human condition: Jack and Ma’s story could turn out to be, in some sense, everybody’s story. Click here to read more from Emma’s essay, ‘ROOM: Why and How’»

Short­listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010. Short­listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

Finalist for the Common­wealth Writers’ Prize 2011 (winner of the ‘Canada and the Caribbean’ section).

Winner of the 2010 Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize (Canada),  the 2010 Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award (Irish Book Awards) and the 2011 WH Smiths Paperback of the Year (Galaxy National Book Awards, UK). Short­listed for the 2010 Governor General’s Award for English language fiction (Canada) and the 2012 Inter­na­tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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There’s a section in the middle of Room that reminded me of reading Catch 22 when I was 15 – the same excitement, the same “I’ve never read anything like this before”. The whole book is absolutely f**kin’ brilliant.’ — Roddy Doyle (‘Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha’, ‘The Van’).

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[A] novel like no other… such is the author’s power to make out of the most vile circum­stances something absorbing, truthful and beautiful. — Observer.

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Donoghue has created one of the pure triumphs of recent fiction: an ebullient child narrator, held captive with his mother in an 11-by-11-foot room, through whom we encounter the blurry, often complicated space between closeness and autonomy. In a narrative at once delicate and vigorous — rich in psycho­logical, sociological and political meaning — Donoghue reveals how joy and terror often dwell side by side. — New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2010.

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ROOM is disturbing, thrilling, and emotionally compelling. Emma Donoghue has produced a novel that is sure to stay in the minds of readers for years to come. — Quill and Quire.

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