Donoghue constructs another shrunken world

Fiction, The Wonder, By Emma Donoghue, Picador, €19.95

11th September, 2016
Emma Donoghue: the novelist excels at claustrophobia Picture: David Chidley

Emma Donoghue excels at claustrophobia. This was most evident in Room, her most successful novel by far, and the one that ultimately led her to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay after Lenny Abrahamson turned it into a hugely affecting movie.

A powerful and unputdownable novel about abduction, incarceration and release, much of Room’s action took place in a tiny cabin, where mother and son lived with only a little skylight through which to...

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