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Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509818402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 30/05/2017
  • Category: C 1800 To C 1900
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Ireland
    Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 256
  • Price: $19.99

An eleven-year-old girl stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story.

Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder - inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth - is a psychological thriller about a child's murder threatening to happen in slow motion before our eyes. Pitting all the seductions of fundamentalism against sense and love, it is a searing examination of what nourishes us, body and soul.

Author Information

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).