Room by Emma Donoghue


By Emma Donoghue

  • Release Date: 2010-07-23
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 14 Ratings
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes


"This is a truly remarkable novel." New York Times Book Review

It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room.

Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside . . .

Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, Room is a novel like no other.


"I've never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel . . . As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him go" Daily Mail

"Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days" Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller's Wife

"Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time . . ." John Boyne


  • Utterly mesmerizing

    By Mama matt
    I've just finished Room, couldn't put it down from the time I picked it up. What a unique tale, told so thoughtfully and competently. I would have liked to have experienced a trial for the captor however. The ending was especially well written. Will be looking for more from the author.