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Emma Donoghue at her home in London, Ont. (The Globe and Mail)
Emma Donoghue at her home in London, Ont. (The Globe and Mail)

Emma Donoghue named Commonwealth Best Book finalist Add to ...

Canada's Emma Donoghue has been named one of the finalists for the Commonweatlh Writers' prize for Best Book.

Her latest novel, Room, about a young boy and his mother held captive by a rapist in a locked room, won the Canada and Caribbean category of the prestigious literary award on Friday.

The book by the Irish-born writer, who now lives in London, Ont., was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and won the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year award as well as the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

It will now compete with Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love, David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, and Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance for the top prize in the Best Book category.

Established in 1987, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize aims to promote fiction from across the globe, with four regional competitions: Africa; Caribbean and Canada; South Asia and Europe; and South East Asia and Pacific.

The overall winner of Best Book, who will receive £10,000 (about $16,000), will be announced on May 21.

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