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    • Publication date:11 Aug 2011
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Slammerkin

By Emma Donoghue

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* A gripping historical novel, based on a true story, which tells the tale of a girl born into rough cloth who hungered for lace and was hanged for murder in 1763.
* By a well-known Irish writer.

Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this is an extraordinary novel about Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers greedily for fine clothes and ribbons, as people of her class do for food and warmth. It's a hunger that lures her into prostitution at the age of thirteen. Mary is thrown out by her distraught mother when she gets pregnant and almost dies on the dangerous streets of London. Her saviour is Doll - a prostitute. Mary roams London freely with Doll, selling her body to all manner of 'cullies', dressed whorishly in colourful, gaudy dresses with a painted red smile.

Faced with bad debts and threats upon her life she eventually flees to Monmouth, her mother's hometown, where she attempts to start a new life as a maid in Mrs Jones's house. But Mary soon discovers that she can't escape her past and just how dearly people like her pay for yearnings not fitting to their class in society...

Biographical Notes

Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright and historian. Her second novel HOOD won the American Library Association Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Award in 1997. She is currently adapting her novel STIR-FRY for Horizonline Films (Ireland).

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  • ISBN: 9781844087341
  • Publication date: 03 Mar 2011
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: Virago
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Love Alters

Emma Donoghue
Authors:
Emma Donoghue

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Virago

Touchy Subjects

Emma Donoghue
Authors:
Emma Donoghue

How do you make conversation with a sperm donor? How do you say someone's novel is drivel? Would you give a screaming baby brandy? In what words would you tell your girlfriend to pluck a hair on her chin?Touchy Subjects is about things that make people wince: taboos, controversies, secrets and lies. Some of the events that characters crash into are grand, tragic ones: miscarriage, overdose, missing persons, a mother who deserts her children. Other topics, like religion and money, are not inherently taboo, but they can cause acute discomfort because people disagree so vehemently. Many of these stories are about the spectrum of constrained, convoluted feeling that runs from awkwardness through embarrassment to shame.

Virago

The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits

Emma Donoghue
Authors:
Emma Donoghue

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Virago

Life Mask

Emma Donoghue
Authors:
Emma Donoghue

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Virago

Time After Time

Molly Keane
Authors:
Molly Keane
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E. Arnot Robertson
Authors:
E. Arnot Robertson

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Virago

All Of Us There

Polly Devlin
Authors:
Polly Devlin

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Virago

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Gail Godwin
Authors:
Gail Godwin

Mates are not always matches, and matches are not always mates,' pronounces Magda Danvers. Years ago, dazzling, domineering Magda swept the shy, virginal Francis into one of the most extraordinary marriages imaginable. Now, as she lies dying, Francis's role as the Good Husband is put to the most extreme test. Moving from the Deep South to Eastern Europe and the cathedral towns of England, this is a rich and rewarding novel with the scope and all the moral force of George Eliot.

Virago

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Lisa Alther
Authors:
Lisa Alther

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Virago

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Authors:
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Virago

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Simone de Beauvoir
Authors:
Simone de Beauvoir
Virago

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Elizabeth Taylor
Authors:
Elizabeth Taylor
Virago

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Dorothy Richardson
Authors:
Dorothy Richardson

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Virago

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Molly Keane
Authors:
Molly Keane
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F.M. Mayor
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F.M. Mayor
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Willa Cather
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Willa Cather

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Virago

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Katherine Mansfield
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Christa Wolf
Authors:
Christa Wolf

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Virago

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Winifred Holtby
Authors:
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Virago

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Winifred Holtby
Authors:
Winifred Holtby

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