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Emma Donoghue

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, in association with Picador Books, present an evening with bestselling author Emma Donoghue. She will discuss and read from her new novel Akin on Thursday 3rd October at 7pm in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.  This will be followed by a Q & A and a book signing.

Tickets are free but booking is essential.

In her first contemporary novel since Room, acclaimed author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets.

Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France.

This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael’s ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.


Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin, and now lives in Canada. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and Cambridge University. Donoghue’s first novel was 1994’s Stir Fry, followed in 1995 by Hood, which won the Stonewall Book Award for Literature.

These were followed by several highly successful novels notably 2010 novel Room which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Canada and was the winner of the Irish Book Award 2010. She later wrote the screenplay for a film version of the book, Room (2015), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Bafta Award.

Her novel Frog Music was published in 2014.  Her novel The Wonder, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize She has also written two novels for children. One. Her Latest novel is Akin.




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