The Wonder

Awards:   Long-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2018 Long-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2018 (UK) Short-listed for Bord Gais Energy Eason Novel of the Year 2016 Short-listed for Bord Gais Energy Eason Novel of the Year 2016 (UK) Short-listed for Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year 2016 Short-listed for Kerry Group Irish Novel Award 2017 Short-listed for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017 Shortlisted for Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017.
Author:   Emma Donoghue
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
Edition:   Air Iri OME
ISBN:  

9781509818396


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   22 September 2016
Format:   Paperback
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Awards

  • Long-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2018
  • Long-listed for International Dublin Literary Award 2018 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Bord Gais Energy Eason Novel of the Year 2016
  • Short-listed for Bord Gais Energy Eason Novel of the Year 2016 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year 2016
  • Short-listed for Kerry Group Irish Novel Award 2017
  • Short-listed for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017
  • Shortlisted for Irish Book Awards: Eason Novel of the Year 2016.
  • Shortlisted for Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2017.

Overview

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story. Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

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Author:   Emma Donoghue
Publisher:   Pan Macmillan
Imprint:   Picador
Edition:   Air Iri OME
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.409kg
ISBN:  

9781509818396


ISBN 10:   1509818391
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   22 September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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The Irish potato famine has been over for seven years when The Wonder commences but the aftereffects are everywhere ... In an author's note, Donoghue says that The Wonder was inspired by almost 50 cases of so-called Fasting Girls between the 16th and 20th centuries ... Donoghue's prose is as sturdy and serviceable as a good pair of brogans , but never nondescript. There are occasional flashes of lyricism - a cloud loosely bandaged the waning moon, for instance, a line of perfect description couched in perfect iambic pentameter - but Donoghue's main purpose here is story, story, story, and God bless her for it ... impossible to put down ... it also reminded me of The Razor's Edge, only turned inside out. Maugham's book is about the power of spirituality to heal. Donoghue has written with crackling intensity, about its power to destroy -- Stephen King New York Times Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction Irish Times Vivid, tender ... Her contemporary thriller Room made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine. Kirkus, Starred Review Fans of Emma Donoghue's first novel Room will not be disappointed with The Wonder ... a tale of claustrophobic suspense and the intense relationship between a woman and a child ... Donoghue's masterful way with words and imagery has the reader sharing Lib's scepticism and disdain for Anna and her family's naive religious fervour. And it's Donoghue's skill in building The Wonder up into an increasingly tense thriller - is Anna a fake or a saint and will she live or die? - until a heart-thumping, palm-sweating dramatic denouement. Red Magazine Donoghue engages mysteries of faith and doubt without sacrificing the lyricism of her language or the suspense of her storyline. Anna may or may not be a living marvel, but The Wonder certainly is NPR


The Irish potato famine has been over for seven years when The Wonder commences but the aftereffects are everywhere ... In an author's note, Donoghue says that The Wonder was inspired by almost 50 cases of so-called Fasting Girls between the 16th and 20th centuries ... Donoghue's prose is as sturdy and serviceable as a good pair of brogans , but never nondescript. There are occasional flashes of lyricism - a cloud loosely bandaged the waning moon, for instance, a line of perfect description couched in perfect iambic pentameter - but Donoghue's main purpose here is story, story, story, and God bless her for it ... impossible to put down ... it also reminded me of The Razor's Edge, only turned inside out. Maugham's book is about the power of spirituality to heal. Donoghue has written with crackling intensity, about its power to destroy -- Stephen King New York Times Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction Irish Times Vivid, tender ... Her contemporary thriller Room made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine. Kirkus, Starred Review Fans of Emma Donoghue's first novel Room will not be disappointed with The Wonder ... a tale of claustrophobic suspense and the intense relationship between a woman and a child ... Donoghue's masterful way with words and imagery has the reader sharing Lib's scepticism and disdain for Anna and her family's naive religious fervour. Red Magazine Donoghue engages mysteries of faith and doubt without sacrificing the lyricism of her language or the suspense of her storyline. Anna may or may not be a living marvel, but The Wonder certainly is NPR


Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife Donoghue mines material that on the face of it appears intractably bleak and surfaces with a powerful, compulsively readable work of fiction Irish Times


Author Information

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).

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