The Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue wrote contemporary fiction about sexual identity before switching to the feisty voice of an eighteenth-century London prostitute in the acclaimed novel Slammerkin. In this new offering, longlisted for the Man Booker, she changes tack again.
Room – the lack of article signifies much – is the only world five-year-old Jack has ever known. The space concerned is eleven feet square. He shares it with Ma, but also with Bed and Table, Rocker and Shelf.