Emma Donoghue: ‘To say Room is based on the Josef Fritzl case is too strong’

Until now, Donoghue’s reputation had been founded on her knack for spotting historical rough diamonds and buffing them into glowing narratives. Slammerkin, her unlikely bestseller in 2000, was spun out of a murder on the Welsh borders in 1763, while in 2006 The Sealed Letter took a notorious Victorian divorce as its grist. In the […]

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue review – a thrilling domestic psychodrama

Emma Donoghue will probably always be best known for her 2010 bestseller Room, a child’s-eye view of confinement and escape prompted by the horrific Josef Fritzl case in Austria, which she adapted for the screen last year. More commonly, though, she reaches further back into the historical archive for inspiration, breathing imaginative life into biographical […]

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue review – beauty amid horror

Emma Donoghue’s publishers might regard it as a mixed blessing that her latest novel is set during the 1918 flu pandemic. While she can’t be faulted for topicality, it seems unlikely that many people will want to spend more time than they need to thinking about a deadly virus. This would be a shame as, […]

My hero: Anne Lister by Emma Donoghue

Not only did Lister ignore her culture’s rules about whom she should sleep with, she scorned the other rules of womanhood, too. Always dressed mannishly in black (and called “Gentleman Jack” by the locals), she remodelled Shibden estate, ran a colliery, was the first woman to climb several peaks in the Pyrenees, and finally formed […]

Emma Donoghue: ‘Wooster’s sweetly foolish flippancy is just the tonic for Covid-19 times’

The book that changed my lifeEmily Dickinson’s Collected Poems. My mother used to quote Dickinson, and when I got around to reading her poems they blew my mind. They seemed to give me permission to be odd, to follow my curiosity wherever it led, and also to be queer.

Reopening: State Imposes Restrictions On Sonoma County Indoor Dining, Bars, Tasting Rooms, Movie Theaters

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Citing rising COVID-19 cases, state health officials Sunday ordered Sonoma County to once again prohibit indoor dining, shut down indoor winery tasting rooms and movie theaters and allow bars to remain open only if they also serve food at outside tables.

Book World: Donoghue’s tale reads like thriller, set in 1918 pandemic

This system oppresses men and boys as well, Donoghue acknowledges. Julia’s brother Tim returned from war shellshocked and mute; the infant boy whose unwed mother died during delivery is judged by Sister Luke as “unlikely to thrive . . . his kind generally have more than one hereditary weakness.” But the novel’s focus is on […]

Brie Larson to Star in Room Adaptation

The story centers on a young woman known only as Ma (Brie Larson), who was kidnapped as a teenager and has been held captive for several years in a tiny room. She tries to raise her five-year-old son Jack, who has never seen life beyond the walls of that cramped space.

RRR Actress Emma Roberts Expecting First Child, Will The Rajamouli Directorial Get Delayed Again?

Set in the 1920’s, RRR is a fictional story revolving around legendary freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, essayed by Ram Charan and Jr NTR. The movie will also feature Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and Samuthirakani. The highly-anticipated big project is bankrolled by DVV Danayya.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast First Look at Emma Watson & Dan Stevens

Disney has assembled a staggering cast for the movie, which includes the previously mentioned Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. They are joined by Luke Evans as Gaston, Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, […]