Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010 Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They donÃ¢ÂÂt have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners. Ã¢ÂÂThis book will break your heart . . . It is the most vivid, radiant and beautiful expression of maternal love I have ever readÃ¢ÂÂ Irish Times Ã¢ÂÂStartlingly original and moving . . . Endearing and as utterly compelling as THE LOVELY BONESÃ¢ÂÂ Scotsman Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve never read a more heart-burstingly, gut wrenchingly compassionate novel . . . As for sweet, bright, funny Jack, I wanted to scoop him up out of the novel and never let him goÃ¢ÂÂ Daily Mail Ã¢ÂÂThis is a truly remarkable novel. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we liveÃ¢ÂÂ New York Times Book Review About the Author Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes Kissing the Witch, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and the bestselling Slammerkin.