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'Two days after I delivered my last draft, the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic' - Emma Donoghue's timely new novel is set in Ireland during Spanish Flu outbreak

Emma Donoghue's new novel The Pull of the Stars is set in Ireland during the devastating Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. The Room author explains how she came to write such a timely book

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Author Emma Donoghue

Author Emma Donoghue

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in the film of Room

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in the film of Room

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

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Author Emma Donoghue

The Great Flu of 1918-19 - misnamed the Spanish Flu by the governments of nations involved in the First World War, so as not to depress morale by admitting that this new strain of influenza was cutting a swathe through their populations too - hit the whole world hard, at the end of more than four years of devastating conflict.

Best estimates say 3pc of the global population died of it - far more than in the war's battles and bombings.


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