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The Wonder - Emma Donoghue

The Wonder - Emma Donoghue
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Title: The Wonder

Author:  Emma Donoghue

ISBN:  9781509818389

Weight:  673g

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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, 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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…  Donoguhue’s masterful way with words and imagery has the reader sharing Lib’s scepticism and disdain for Anna and her family’s naïve 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 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)

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleThe Wonder
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in immediately before the title page.  This page also confirms the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month and year of publication
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Kerry Group Novel of the Year 2017 – shortlist

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2016 – shortlist

Media adaptationBBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, airing Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from 26 Sep 2016.
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
ImprintPicador
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781509818389
ISBN 101509818383
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages291
Size (h x w x d)224 x 143 x 29mm
Design Credits
Author photographAndrew Bainbridge
Jacket designJoanna Thomson (Picador Art Department)

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