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978-1035017768

Learned By Heart

Learned By Heart

by Emma Donoghue

Publisher Picador

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Adding to the already moving, richly told and gripping collection of historical fiction from Emma Donoghue, Learned By Heart is the breathtaking story of two young girls on the margins of life, forging a connection that will last forever.

Eliza and Lister have never been this wide-awake in their lives, and the Slope, with its curtains drawn wide, is bright with starlight. They talk in whispers, not to disturb the maids who lie sleeping on the other side of the box room. The question Elizas been needing to ask swells like a great berry in her mouth, and all at once shes not scared to let it out, not scared at all, not scared of anything . . .

In 1805 fourteen-year-old Eliza Raine is a school girl at the Manor School for Young Ladies in York. The daughter of an Indian mother and a British father, Eliza was banished to this unfamiliar country as a little girl. When she first stepped off the King George in Kent, Eliza was accompanied by her older sister, Jane, but now she boards alone at the Manor, with no one left to claim her. She spends her days avoiding the attention of her fellow pupils until, one day, a fearless and charismatic new student arrives at the school. The two girls are immediately thrown together and soon Elizas life is turned inside out by this strange and curious young woman.

Learned by Heart, Emma Donoghues mesmerising new novel, tells the heartbreaking story of the tangled lives of two women whose intense, and unlikely, relationship will change them for ever.

One of BBC's Books of 2023.

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About the Author

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is an Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter.


Her 2010 novel Room, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international bestseller. Donoghue's 1995 novel Hood won the Stonewall Book Award, and Slammerkin won the Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian Fiction.


She is a 2011 recipient of the Alex Awards. Room was adapted by Donoghue into a film of the same name. For this, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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