Sinead Gleeson interviewed Emma Donoghue at The Arms Hotel on Friday.
Sinead: You come from a big family and I’m guessing there were a lot of books in the house. When did you discover books and become excited by them?
Emma: I don’t remember a time before books. I used to make my mother read to me all the time, in particular one of those Andrew Lang fairy tale anthologies. I think it was called The Yellow Bookand there was one particular fairy story about a witch which I got her to read to me nightly. Now when I’m reading to my kids I think, oh no not that one again, and there’s certain books that I hide away, hoping they won’t ask me to read them.