Book review: Akin by Emma Donoghue

Another tale of love and parenthood from a novelist at the height of her powers

20th October, 2019
Emma Donoghue: her latest novel combines serene readability with great depths of feeling and thought

Fiction: Akin, By Emma Donoghue, Picador, €17.50

Emma Donoghue’s Room is one of the great artistic responses to becoming a parent. Imagine having to raise a child (feeding, changing nappies, explaining the world) while you were imprisoned by a madman in an 11-foot-square shed. And imagine what that experience would feel like to your child.

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