Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is an award-winning, international bestselling author of fiction, drama and film whose work has been translated into over forty languages. She is the author of ten novels for adults including the worldwide bestseller, ROOM, which has sold well over 2 million copies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, and won several awards and accolades including the American Library Association’s Alex Award and Indie Choice Award for Adult Fiction, the Salon Book Award, and the Goodreads Choice Award.

Emma was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Film Independent Spirit Award for First Screenplay for her screen adaptation of ROOM. The feature film, was nominated for 107 awards including Golden Globe, Bafta and 4 Academy Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress won by star Brie Larson). She is currently adapting her novels THE WONDER and FROG MUSIC into feature films.

Emma is also the author of several short story collections, plays and two novels for young readers – THE LOTTERYS MORE OR LESS and THE LOTTERYS PLUS ONE – described by the New York Times as “delightful… warm and funny.” 100% of LOTTERYS book royalties go to Room to Read, a nonprofit working in literacy and girls’ education across communities in Asia and Africa.

Emma’s newest novel is now available. AKIN is a funny, heart-wrenching, brilliant tale of love, loss and family. “Soul-stirring,” says O Magazine.

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“She can do everything: be funny, be moving, be unflinching yet sensitive, write beautifully nuanced sentences and utterly gripping stories. She can write powerful historical fiction and be absolutely contemporary. And she’s unable to write a line you don’t believe.” – Joseph O’Connor, The Irish Times

“The whole city of Chicago is now in love with Emma Donoghue. Of our whole packed week of events, her two events were the most talked about afterward.” – Organizers of Columbia College Chicago’s Story Week Festival of Writers

Books, Films & Projects


Watch the trailer for the Emma Donoghue's new novel, AKIN.

Emma Donoghue accepts the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for Room.

Emma Donoghue reads from and talks about her novel, The Wonder.

Emma Donoghue and Tanya Byron chat about writing fiction.


Announcing the release of AKIN, Emma Donoghue’s new contemporary novel

A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets.

‘Soul-stirring’ – O Magazine

‘Donoghue nails not only the class differences but the generational impasse: the adult who cannot grasp the extent to which society has broken; the child who has never known it to be otherwise. … What begins as a larky story of unlikely male bonding turns into an off-center but far richer novel about the unheralded, imperfect heroism of two women—Michael’s incarcerated mother and Noah’s long deceased one—and the way we preserve the past and prepare for the future.’ – New York Times