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1 October 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 4:05am

Words in Pictures: Emma Donoghue

The Booker-shortlisted author discusses her novel Room.

By Staff Blogger

In this clip, Emma Donoghue speaks about her latest novel, Room, which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and reads a passage from it. Discussing her child narrator, Jack, Donoghue admits that the boy’s voice is based on her own son’s, and explains Jack’s unflinching outlook: “I really wanted a book that would be as inventive and unsentimental as children are.”

Jonathan Derbyshire interviews Emma Donoghue in this week’s issue of the New Statesman.

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