Slammerkin

  • Filename: slammerkin.
  • ISBN: 9780151006724
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Born to poverty in eighteenth-century London, Mary Saunders's love of fine clothes and a dream of a better life take her from the world of prostitution to life as a household seamstress in Monmouth to a search for true freedom. 25,000 first printing.

Slammerkin

  • Filename: slammerkin.
  • ISBN: 9780547443294
  • Release Date: 2002-05-01
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Slammerkin: A loose gown; a loose woman. Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth, and the position of household seamstress, the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations. But Mary has known freedom, and having never known love, it is freedom that motivates her. Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the "honest woman" locked into marriage, or the servant who runs a household not her own? And is either as free as a man? Ultimately, Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets: Never give up your liberty. Clothes make the woman. Clothes are the greatest lie ever told.

Slammerkin

  • Filename: slammerkin.
  • ISBN: 9781443439855
  • Release Date: 2014-06-24
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Born to rough cloth in working-class London in 1748, Mary Saunders hungers for velvet and lace—a desire that leads her to a life of prostitution, where she encounters a freedom unknown to virtuous young women. In the end, it is clothes, their splendour and their deception, that bring Mary to the brink of disaster. Slammerkin is both a brilliant evocation of another era and a timeless tale of the rage of adolescence.

Slammerkin

  • Filename: slammerkin.
  • ISBN: 9780748133444
  • Release Date: 2011-08-11
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth. It's a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen. Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnant and almost dies on the dangerous streets of London. Her saviour is Doll - a prostitute. Mary roams London freely with Doll, selling her body to all manner of 'cullies', dressed whorishly in colourful, gaudy dresses with a painted red smile. Faced with bad debts and threats upon her life she eventually flees to Monmouth, her mother's hometown, where she attempts to start a new life as a maid in Mrs Jones's house. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and just how dearly people like her pay for yearnings not fitting to their class in society...

Life Mask

  • Filename: life-mask.
  • ISBN: 9780547541464
  • Release Date: 2005-09-05
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



The bestselling author of Slammerkin vividly brings to life the Beau Monde of late eighteenth-century England, turning the private drama of three celebrated Londoners into a robust, full-bodied portrait of a world on the brink of revolution. In a time of looming war, of glittering spectacle and financial disasters, the wealthy liberals of the Whig Party work to topple a tyrannical prime minister and a lunatic king. Marriages and friendships stretch or break; political liaisons prove as dangerous as erotic ones; and everyone wears a mask. Will Eliza Farren, England's leading comedic actress, gain entry to that elite circle that calls itself the World? Can Lord Derby, the inventor of the horse race that bears his name, endure public mockery of his long, unconsummated courtship of the actress? Will Anne Damer, a sculptor and rumored Sapphist, be the cause of Eliza's fall from grace? This is a remakable novel in the tradition of the very best historical fiction.

The Sealed Letter

  • Filename: the-sealed-letter.
  • ISBN: 9781447209737
  • Release Date: 2011-10-13
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



'The Sealed Letter is a page-turner with a jaw-dropping ending' Stylist Helen Codrington is unhappily married. Emily 'Fido' Faithfull hasn't seen her once-dear friend for years. Suddenly, after bumping into Helen on the streets of Victorian London, Fido finds herself reluctantly helping Helen to have an affair with a young army officer. The women's friendship quickly unravels amid courtroom accusations of adultery, counter-accusations of cruelty and attempted rape, and the appearance of a mysterious 'sealed letter' that could destroy more than one life . . . Based on a real-life scandal that gripped England in 1864, Emma Donoghue's The Sealed Letter is a delicious tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden love.

Landing

  • Filename: landing.
  • ISBN: 9780547541259
  • Release Date: 2008-09-08
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



A delightful, old-fashioned love story with a uniquely twenty-first-century twist, Landing is a romantic comedy that explores the pleasures and sorrows of long-distance relationships—the kind millions of us now maintain mostly by plane, phone, and Internet. Síle is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who’s traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude’s and Síle’s worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit. This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with? What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so?

Touchy Subjects

  • Filename: touchy-subjects.
  • ISBN: 9780547607498
  • Release Date: 2007-05-07
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



In this sparkling collection of nineteen stories, the bestselling author of Slammerkin returns to contemporary affairs, exposing the private dilemmas that result from some of our most public controversies. A man finds God and finally wants to father a child-only his wife is now forty-two years old. A coach's son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A roommate's bizarre secret liberates a repressed young woman. From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by the hair on a woman's chin, Donoghue dramatizes the seemingly small acts upon which our lives often turn. Many of these stories involve animals and what they mean to us, or babies and whether to have them; some replay biblical plots in modern contexts. With characters old, young, straight, gay, and simply confused, Donoghue dazzles with her range and her ability to touch lightly but delve deeply into the human condition.

Room

  • Filename: room.
  • ISBN: 0316391344
  • Release Date: 2015-09-08
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books



NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

Frog Music

  • Filename: frog-music.
  • ISBN: 9781447249757
  • Release Date: 2014-03-27
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



Frog Music is an atmospheric and gripping novel by Emma Donoghue, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller Room, adapted as a major motion picture directed by Lenny Abrahamson. San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Inspired by a true unsolved crime, Frog Music, a New York Times bestseller, is a dark and compelling story of intrigue and murder.

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

  • Filename: the-woman-who-gave-birth-to-rabbits.
  • ISBN: 9780547630366
  • Release Date: 2003-06-01
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Emma Donoghue vividly brings to life stories inspired by her discoveries of fascinating, hidden scraps of the past. Here an engraving of a woman giving birth to rabbits, a plague ballad, surgical case notes, theological pamphlets, and an articulated skeleton are ingeniously fleshed out into rollicking, full-bodied fictions. Whether she's spinning the tale of an English soldier tricked into marrying a dowdy spinster, a Victorian surgeon's attempts to "improve" women, a seventeenth-century Irish countess who ran away to Italy disguised as a man, or an "undead" murderess returning for the maid she left behind to be executed in her place, Emma Donoghue brings to her tales a colorful, elegant prose filled with the sights and smells and sounds of the period. She summons the ghosts of those men and women who counted for nothing in their own day and brings them to unforgettable life in fiction.

Hood

  • Filename: hood.
  • ISBN: 9781443422635
  • Release Date: 2013-09-17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



In the late ’70s, convent school teenagers Pen O’Grady and Cara Wall fall in love. They prove themselves to be up to the challenge of a relationship deemed unacceptable in Catholic Ireland—until Cara dies in a car accident. Hood is a bittersweet, complicated love story.

Walking on Trampolines

  • Filename: walking-on-trampolines.
  • ISBN: 9781476780016
  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Frances Whiting
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



The young life of good-girl Lulu is irrevocably shaped by unconventional best friend, Annabelle, with whom she shares confidences and challenges in their coastal home town before a falling out and Lulu's choice about doing something extraordinary. Original.

Kissing the Witch

  • Filename: kissing-the-witch.
  • ISBN: 9781447248149
  • Release Date: 2013-07-04
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Emma Donoghue
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



In Kissing the Witch, Emma Donoghue (author of the Man Booker and Orange prize shortlisted novel Room) unwinds thirteen fairy tales and writes them anew: Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother, Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror, and Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. In these stories, Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances - sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.

Mrs Engels

  • Filename: mrs-engels.
  • ISBN: 9781936787296
  • Release Date: 2015-10-13
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Gavin McCrea
  • Publisher: Catapult



Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, co-author ofThe Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea's first novel, she is finally given a voice, one that won't easily be forgotten. Lizzie is a worker in the Manchester, England, cotton mill that Frederick owns. When they move to a posh townhouse in London to be closer to Karl Marx and his family, she must learn to navigate Victorian society. We are privy to Lizzie's intimate, wry, and astute views of Marx and Engels's mission to spur revolution among the working classes, and to her ambivalence toward her newly luxurious circumstances. Haunted by her first love (a revolutionary Irishman), burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes, and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be taken care of, Lizzie knows, as she says, that the world doesn't happen how you think it will. The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows.” Despite or because of their differencesin nationality, class, education, and religionLizzie and Frederick remain drawn to each other, making Mrs. Engels, among other things, a complex and high-spirited love story.

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