Which Emma Donoghue Book Should You Read First?

Even if you have yet to read the works of Emma Donoghue, you’ve probably heard others sing her praises. And for good reason! Emma Donoghue’s books make for really great reads. Her novels cover diverse topics and settings, but they all share a few things in common: they’re beautifully written, thought-provoking, and impossible to put down.

Emma Donoghue is a writer who originally hails from Dublin, Ireland. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she studied friendships between men and women in 18th C. English fiction. Her fiction has been translated into over 40 languages, and she has received multiple awards for her writing, including the 2016 AWB Vincent American Ireland Funds Literary Award, and the 2011 National Lesbian and Gay Federation (Ireland) Person of the Year Award. She currently lives in London, Ontario with her partner and their son and daughter.

Donoghue has written in many genres, including short fiction, novels, non-fiction, and plays. She even adapted her own novel Room into a screenplay. Donoghue is, however, most well-known for her works of fiction. Here are just a few highlights from Emma Donoghue’s bibliography that are definitely worth a read.


Emily Martin (@emandhercat) earned her PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also works as a contributor for Book Riot and as a blogger/podcaster at Book Squad Goals.