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A visceral, harrowing, and revelatory vision of life, death, and love in a time of pandemic. This... Read More

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A visceral, harrowing, and revelatory vision of life, death, and love in a time of pandemic. This novel is stunningExtraordinarily prescientThe Pull of the Stars has a fever dream-like quality . . . about as moving and absorbing as it getsAn immersive, unforgettable fever-dream of a novelA timely, exquisite and unputdownable reminder of love and compassionA story that is as timeless as it is urgentFascinating and resonantEmma Donoghue is one of our greatest living prose stylists . . . a must-read novelEmma Donoghue’s best novel since Room Eerily topical, Donoghue’s new novel reads like an episode of Call The Midwife set during a pandemicMoving, gripping and dazzlingly writtenIt is rare for such a fast-paced story to be told so beautifully, and the writing is comical & exquisiteMoving and memorableAs strong and compelling as Jack in Room and Lib in The Wonder . . . a haunting and finely balanced literary novelOne of the Emerald Isle’s most glittering literary lights, Donoghue here delivers a historical fiction turned timely reminder of human resilienceEnticingly written . . . a felicitous comment on our new timesRemarkably prescientRarely can a novel have been as prescient or as timely as The Pull of the Stars . . . the book flies by like a hospital shift, as drama follows crisis and victory chases tragedy in a never-ending cycle of suffering, joy and bodily fluidsCertainly, the currency of The Pull of the Stars gives it a gripping edge, but at its heart this is a story about friendship, love and compassion in extraordinary times . . . It's an engrossing read. Donoghue's writing is visceral and her female characters strike a powerful chord of humanity that stays with youDonoghue offers vivid characters and a gripping portrait of a world beset by a pandemic and political uncertainty. A fascinating read in these difficult times. Donoghue’s searing tale . . . Her blunt prose and detailed, painstakingly researched medical descriptions do full justice to the reality of the pandemic and the poverty that helps fuel it. Donoghue’s evocation of the 1918 flu, and the valor it demands of health-care workers, will stay with readers[Julia and Bridie’s] relationship forms the emotional core of a story rich in swift, assured sketches of achingly human characters coping as best they can in extreme circumstances . . . Darkly compelling, illuminated by the light of compassion and tenderness: Donoghue’s best novel since RoomEerily reminiscent of our current global health crisis, The Pull of the Stars brings readers intimately close to a world where health care workers risk it all to keep their patients aliveEmma Donoghue's latest is getting an early release, and it's clear to understand why: In 1918 at the height of the Great Flu in Ireland, sick, pregnant women are quarantined together in a hospital while a group of overworked nurses tries to navigate their patients through the darknessTimely, punchy and grippingA powerful, persistent, highly detailed and incredibly moving book that speaks through time. Donoghue is a marvel of a writerEmma Donoghue has a gift for taking details from the past and creating believable and absorbing worlds around themGripping . . . fans of Call The Midwife will relish the true-to-life accounts of labourAlthough compassion, female solidarity and dedicated service are at the novel’s core, suffering and terrible conditions are front and centre . . . Donoghue [excels] in strong characterisation and a vivid sense of time and placeDublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death, and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and Room.

The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick, from the acclaimed author of Room. The Pull of the Stars is set during three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu.

'Moving, gripping and dazzlingly written' – Stylist

Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over the course of three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue tells an unforgettable and deeply moving story of love and loss.

'A visceral, harrowing, and revelatory vision of life, death, and love in a time of pandemic. This novel is stunning' – Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

'Reads like an episode of Call The Midwife set during a pandemic' – Mail on Sunday


Guardian, Cosmopolitan and Telegraph's 'Books of the Year'

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish emigrant twice over: she spent eight years in Cambridge, England, before moving to Canada’s London, Ontario. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (The Wonder, Slammerkin, Life Mask, The Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Akin, Stir-Fry, Hood, Landing). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Booker, Commonwealth and Orange Prizes; her screen adaptation, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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