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Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. 'This book will break your heart ...It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever read' - "Irish Times". 'Startlingly original and moving ...Endearing and as utterly compelling as "The Lovely Bones"' - "Scotsman". '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". 'This is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live' - "New York Times Book Review".
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Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 07/01/2011
ISBN 10: 0330519026
ISBN 13: 9780330519021
A fantastic book! I could feel every emotion and worry the young family felt whilst they were trapped in the 'room'. I couldn't put this novel down, and anticipated every page turn, eager to see how the story would unfold. A story of great bravery and fascination; amazing to read how the imagination can make so much out of a tiny shed and its bare contents. I am not a mother, and yet I could empathise greatly with mum in this book; it made me understand how it feels to be responsible for such a small, precious thing, during a time of great adversity. A definite, definite must- read!
This book is fantastic. I keep recommending it to people although I'm afraid to give them a clue what it's about first as I don't want to put them off! If I'd had any idea of the storyline beforehand I'm not sure I'd have read it. I don't like depressing books and although the situation that these characters are in is just horrible and so sad, the book is so not depressing. I loved Jack and his innocence. I loved his Ma and her lovely way of trying to give this child as normal a life as possible in such terrible circumstances. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts and on the verge of tears at others. Loved it! I'm so glad i read it, it's a gem of a book.
An Excellent read, I picked this up in an airport in Feburary and in the 5 days I was away for, demolished this book. I simply couldn't get enough of it. The author portrays Jack's small world in such a perfectly human nature, and unlike so many new books, leaves out details allowing a reader's imagination to create them. this book does not focus on the colour of the character's hair, their families or friends, but on the captivating plot and the life of this five year old boy. A raw and untouched story, completely fresh and original. After reading this, I lent it to my mother to read, and both of us agree (myself a teenager and my mother a forty something woman) that this book is perfect for every reader of every age.
Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes includes the bestselling Slammerkin.
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