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A historical fiction novel by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

Around the year 600, three men vow to leave the world behind and set out in a small boat for an island their leader has seen in a dream, with only faith to guide them.

In seventh-century Ireland, a scholar priest named Artt has a dream in which God tells him to leave the sinful world behind. With two monks — young Trian and old Cormac — he rows down the River Shannon in search of an isolated spot in which to found a monastery. Drifting out into the Atlantic, the three men find the impossibly steep, bare island known today as Skellig Michael. In such a place, what will survival mean? (From HarperCollins Canada)

Emma Donoghue is an Irish Canadian writer. Her books include the novels LandingRoomFrog MusicThe WonderThe Pull of the Stars and the children's book The Lotterys Plus OneRoom was an international bestseller and was adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Brie Larson.

Her novel The Wonder was a finalist for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and more recently, The Pull of the Stars was longlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award.

Interviews with Emma Donoghue

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Emma Donoghue on her latest novel, which is set in 1850s Ireland.

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