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Emma Donoghue 2021

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My fifteenth novel Learned by Heart tells the long buried love story of Eliza Raine (an orphan heiress banished from India) and Anne Lister (nowadays nicknamed Gentleman Jack, inspiration for the BBC/HBO series), who met at 14 at boarding school in York. The novel draws on many years of investigation and hundreds of their unpublished letters as well as Lister's five-million-word secret journal.

The Wonder (on Netflix), starring Florence Pugh, is adapted from my 2016 novel by me, director Sebastián Lelio, and Alice Birch.