Room by Emma Donoghue


By Emma Donoghue

  • Release Date: 2010-07-23
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 283 Ratings
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes


"This is a truly remarkable novel." New York Times Book Review

It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room.

Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside . . .

Told in Jack's voice, Room is the story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. Unsentimental and sometimes funny, devastating yet uplifting, Room is a novel like no other.


"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

"Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days" Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller's Wife

"Room is one of the most profoundly affecting books I've read in a long time . . ." John Boyne


  • Room - read this book!

    By L. Key
    I don't mind admitting that I struggled initially with the concept of this book and was unsure, after reading the preview, whether to continue - as a mother I found the subject matter quite disturbing. However, I'm really glad I bought the book and read it - it's so beautifully written and the little boys narration is brilliant. Enjoy!
  • Room

    By Mumofaminecrafter
    Wow, what a book! I can't wait to read something else by this author, what a talent.
  • Brilliant

    By Jenny0701
    I absolutely loved this book. The language used to describe the room, the outside from a child's perspective was just brilliant! I can't wait to see the movie and if they're able to translate jack's thought processes onto the big screen.
  • Incredible

    By sienamagee
    Completely captivating, could not put it down. Best book i’ve read in a long time.
  • Room

    By Gaylster
    Busy raising my 10 month old who is too easily distracted when feeding I have not had the opportunity to read a novel in almost a year. I was listening to Emma Donoghue on ABC Classic talk about 'Room' and just had to read it. I'm so glad I did. What a fantastic read. So clever having Jack a five year old boy narrate the story of such horrific circumstances. A more beautiful portrayal of the mother son bond would be hard to find. This novel is written with such intelligence and dexterity it feels 'for real' and avoids the sensationalism that the media and other creators of fiction often give to this type of subject matter. I'm almost sorry I've finished the book because I started missing Ma and Jack as soon as I read the last word.
  • Room

    By Tosh28
    So well written from the child's point of view.
  • Interesting, Challenging & Well Composed

    By Neat5734
    Interesting in its concept I found this story to be at times both heart warming and incredibly disturbing. Jack was cheeky, charming and believable. Ma, who seemed so together whilst in "room," seemed completely clueless and selfish on the "outside." I don't mean to sound harsh, but I didn't read it one sitting, put it that way. Neat5734
  • Wow

    By Mel&zoe13
    It is a but slow to develop,and it's a bit hard to get used to reading from the point of view of a 4 year old. But as you read on it just gets better and better, and is completely captivating! This is a great read
  • Loved it

    By Jazirific
    Couldn't put it down. Great hearing it from the innocent perspective. I was sad when I finished it because I couldn't visit with them anymore.
  • Incredible

    By Answers in genesis
    This book is amazing. It really is from Jacks point of you... You begin to understand how a child thinks and sees things. He is a very vivid character. In the climax of the book, my hands were literally sweating from nerves! I couldn't put this book down! Read in in just over 2 days. Very clever!