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Monday 23 October 2017

Pipped for the Booker prize, but Emma eyes film deal

IRISH Booker Prize nominee Emma Donoghue will enter talks next month to turn her bestseller, Room, into a film.

The prolific author lost out to Howard Jacobson for the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night, but she has laughed off any disappointment since the film rights for her story will soon be purchased.

She told Morning Ireland on Tuesday: "There's been lots of talk yeah, most exciting so no matter what happens tonight, life will continue to be very exciting for quite some time."

Her agent Caroline Davidson told the Herald that negotiations begin next month, when the author finishes her book tour.

"We're not starting any discussions until November because Emma's very busy at the moment with travelling around to promote her novel Room, and she's giving that her full attention.

"She'll then be turning her focus to the film rights, which she's very interested in."

Room, a gripping story about a five-year-old who is locked in a small 11ft by 11ft space with his mother, was inspired by the Fritzl case which emerged in April 2008.

And while Emma was a strong contender for this year's Booker Prize, her agent insisted she wasn't disappointed that she didn't win.

"I was sitting beside her on the night and she seemed very happy. I didn't get the impression that she was surprised or disappointed or anything of that nature.

"She was delighted to be on the shortlist and to be included in it, and I don't think she was expecting to win."

She added: "I cannot tell you how thrilling the evening was. It was so beautiful being in Guild Hall, this very medieval building."

Ms Davidson said she can't predict when the story of Jack will hit the big screen until after negotiations take place.

"It's very difficult to predict because there are so many different kinds of directors and producers and budgets."

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