Astray by Emma Donoghue – review

What’s the book about? A collection of short stories inspired by real-life people who have gone astray in life. The fourteen different stories span four hundred years and both sides of the Atlantic. From the Irish emigrants travelling to America to the keeper of an elephant in Victorian London , Emma Donoghue tells these strange tales, immersing the reader in the characters’ own worlds.

goodtoknow says: If you like short-stories, then this is a book for you! Emma Donoghue writes with real compassion and incredible historical detail, so that you’re drawn into each tale from the beginning. The stories are a mix of emotional tales of love, power, desperation and strange incidents that the author has read and been inspired to write about. At the end of each story there is a note that explains the facts that it is based on. The only frustrating thing is these are short stories and just as you feel that you are getting into the narrative and attached to the characters, they end.

Rating: 7/10
You’ll like this if you liked: One Cretan Evening by Victoria Hislop
Publisher: Picador
Publish Date: Out now

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