Tuesday 23 May 2017

No room for Donoghue novel at literary awards

John Spain

Author Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel 'Room', which was pipped at the post for the Booker prize last October, again narrowly missed taking a top prize last night.

Donoghue had been the 2/1 hot favourite to take this year's Orange Prize at a ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall in London.

But the £30,000 (€33,744) prize, awarded to to the best novel written in English by a woman each year, went to 25-year-old Tea Obrecht for her first novel 'The Tiger's Wife'.

The Belgrade-born, New York-based writer was regarded as an outsider to win the prize.

But Donoghue is unlikely to be too concerned as 'Room', which is inspired by the Fritzl case, is an international bestseller.

Irish Independent

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