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Emma Donoghue Books In Order

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Publication Order of Finbar's Hotel Books

Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lotterys Plus One Books

The Lotterys Plus One (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lotterys More or Less (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Kissing the Witch (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Astray (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Touchy Subjects (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three and a Half Deaths (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
RED (With: Victoria Hislop) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Ladies And Gentlemen (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emma Donoghue: Selected Plays (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Signatories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Room the Play (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Passions Between Women (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
We are Michael Field (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inseparable (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Out Of Line Books

This Telling (By: Cheryl Strayed) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graceful Burdens (By: Roxane Gay) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Virginia (By: Caroline Kepnes) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Contractors (By: Lisa Ko) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halfway to Free (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bear Witness (By: Mary Gaitskill) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shine, Pamela! Shine! (By: Kate Atkinson) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Eleventh Annual Collection(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Lesbian Short Stories(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poems Between Women(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Sex(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Hot Second: Stories About Desire(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding the Words(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Truth and Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Alters:Stories of Lesbian Love and Erotica(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the Twenty-First Century(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Furies(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Born on October 24, 1969, Emma Donaghue is a well-known, multiple award-winning Irish-Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and literary historian. She is best known for her novel Room, which became an international best seller with over 2 million copies sold to date.

She also won the Stonewall Book Award for her 1995 novel Hood. She won acclaim from the LGTB community, and the Ferro-Grumley Award for lesbian fiction for her 2000 novel Slammerkin. The novel Room was adapted into a feature film, and Donoghue wrote the screenplay for it. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also nominated for three more Academy Awards, Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Picture, but was not the winner in any of these categories.

She is known as a prolific writer of historical fiction, and continues to write to this day. She has also written a number of short stories, dramas for the stage, and dramas that have received airplay over the radio. She also wrote a screenplay for the 2001 movie Pluck.

Her Background

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Donoghue was the youngest of eight children. Her mother was Frances, and her maiden name was Rutledge. Her father Denis was a noted academic and literary critic. So it was a given she would follow to some extent in her father’s footsteps. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin. Here she received first class honours upon graduation. Post graduate work was done at Girton College, Cambridge. Here she earned a PhD in English. She is also known for being fluent in French.

While she was attending school in Cambridge, she lived in a women’s co-op. This experience would benefit her and lead to her writing the short story The Welcome. She would go on to write her graduate thesis on the dynamics in relations between men and women in 18th century fiction.

While she attended Cambridge, she also met the future love of her life, Christine Roulstone, a Canadian citizen who works now as a professor of French language and Women’s Studies at the University of Western Ontario. In the year 1998, they both moved to Canada, and in 2004, Donoghue successfully went through the process to become a Canadian citizen.

The couple currently resides with their two children, Finn and Una, in London, Ontario.

Life’s Work

In the early 1990s, Donoghue had her first novel published. Stir Fry, an account of a young Irish woman finding out about her sexuality, was written as a contemporary coming of age work. This was followed up a year later with the publishing of novel Hood. This is another story of an Irish woman in contemporary times, learning to deal with the death of a close female friend, who was also her lover. This novel won acclaim and was awarded what is now known as the Stonewall Book Award for Literature.

Set in London and Wales, Slammerkin is a historical novel that got its inspiration from an 18th century story of a servant accused of killing her employer. She was later executed. The story’s protagonist was a prostitute with an affinity for expensive clothes. This novel was a finalist for many awards, including the Irish Times Prize for Fiction. It won the award for Lesbian Fiction, the Ferro-Grumley Award, despite the fact it lacked actual lesbian content.

In 2007, Donoghue released the novel Landing. This is a novel that explores the long distance relationship that develops between an Irish flight attendant and a Canadian curator. In 2008, Donoghue released yet another work of historical fiction. The Sealed Letter is based on the Codrington Affair. This was an 1864 divorce case that enthralled Great Britain at the time, as it was seen as scandalous.

This novel introduces readers to Emily Faithful, the protagonist of the novel. This novel received the Lambda Award for Lesbian Fiction. It was also on the list for the Giller Prize.

Donoghue’s novel Room was in 2010 shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In November of that year, it was awarded the Roger’s Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize. It was also under consideration for the Canadian Governor General’s Awards. This novel sold over 2 million copies and won the 2010 Irish Book Award.

Frog Music, yet another historical novel she published in 2014, is based on a true story of a 19th century cross-dressing frog catcher who fell victim to a murder. It is based in the city of San Francisco, and is currently being developed into a feature film for Monumental Pictures. It is believed that Donoghue herself will do the screenplay.

The Author Today

Today, Emma Donoghue has her own Facebook page, which can be accessed by clicking here. Emma Donoghue also has her own website, at, and according to her Facebook page, she prefers not to be tied down in any way. According to her Facebook page, she will be embarking on a United States tour that will take her from New York to Washington state, and as far south as the state of Georgia. See her Facebook page to make plans to attend one of these events.

She continues to live in Canada with her family, and continues to write 14th to 21th century fiction, related to places from France to California.

Fans may email her at She is known for being accommodating to fan questions that are not covered in one of the many interviews that are she has done that are available today on the internet. If you email her, you can ask to be put on her mailing list, where fans can be notified when she releases the latest news concerning her writing, speaking tours, and other work. She is also known to be friendly, and willing to answer questions from her many fans as soon as she possibly can.

For those interested in having her for a speaking engagement, or for US licensing, you can contact her United States literary agent, Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management. Their address is 244 Fifth Avenue, Floor 11, New York, New York 10011. Their fax number is 1-212-741-1936, their phone number is 1-212-645-6045. You can also email Kathleen at

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