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Introduction to Akin

Retired academic, Noah, is about to go to Nice to rediscover his roots when he receives a call from a social worker, asking if he's willing to offer a home to his great-nephew Michael, who he's never met. Noah decides to bring Michael along ... They make an unlikely pair on a trip that is funny, thrilling and deeply touching.

About the author 

Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter, living in Canada with her family.

A bestseller in Canada and Ireland, Akin (2019) is her first contemporary novel for adults since Room. It follows a retired chemistry professor and his eleven-year-old great-nephew from New York on their journey to the French Riviera to unearth his mother's wartime secrets.

Her novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. She adapted it into her first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, which was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (won by our star Brie Larson).

Her other books are the historical novels The Wonder, Frog Music, The Sealed Letter, Life Mask, Slammerkin, and contemporary ones Landing, Hood and Stir-fry; two family stories for younger readers illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono, The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More Or Less; short-story collections Astray, Three and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy Subjects, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch. She has also published literary history including Inseparable, We Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

Book details

ISBN: 1529019982

Paperback 352 pages

Published by Picador