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She toiled away for years before hitting it big with Room.
Born in Dublin and best known for her international bestseller Room, a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker and other prizes, Emma Donoghue is also a literary historian who studied at Cambridge, a screenwriter, and a short story writer. Her adaptation of Room for the 2015 movie was nominated for an Oscar. Her fiction has ranged from the historical to the contemporary. She lives in Canada with her partner and their two children.