Slammerkin tells the story of teenaged Mary Saunders in 18th century London, who resorts to a life of selling her body in an effort to move past her working class, poverty stricken upbringing. The first thing I want to say is that Emma Donoghue is such a talented writer. I hadn’t read anything by her beforehand, but most will know her from Room.4/5(). A personal note: Slammerkin began as one of the stories for the collection I would go on to publish as The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, but I soon realized that it would take the length of a novel to figure out why this murder happened back in The work I was doing for my PhD on eighteenth-century fiction really helped, giving the novel a fiercely revisionist take on gender, class and race. Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. She is the author of Slammerkin as well as two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. Her novels have been translated into eight languages/5. Feb 06, · "Slammerkin," an 18th-century term meaning a loose gown or loose woman, is a fitting title for Irish writer Donoghue's (Hood) third novel. Mary Saunders's mother scratches out a meager living as a seamstress in s London, but Mary longs for a more luxurious life with fine ribbons and clothes.4/4().
A slammerkin is a loose dress, and also a loose woman. Emma Donoghue, author of Room, based this book on the true story of a girl who was executed in for murdering her mistress, and who apparently did it from a longing for ‘fine clothes’. While this wasn’t exactly a . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, - Fiction - pages 54 Reviews Born to rough cloth in working-class London in , Mary Saunders hungers for linen and lace. Her lust for a shiny red ribbon leads /5(54). Feb 16, · Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue – review Emma Donoghue's coming-of-age story of a teenage girl fending for herself in the s exerts a considerable grip Natasha Tripney. Books Advanced Search New Releases Best Sellers & More Children's Books Textbooks Textbook Rentals Sell Us Your Books Best Books of the Month 14 results for Books: "slammerkin.
Slammerkin (London: Virago, , reissued ; New York: Harcourt, ; Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, ). Inspired by a murder that took place in the Welsh Borders in , Slammerkin, my third novel (and first historically inspired one), is about a prostitute obsessed with clothes.A surprise bestseller, it was a Main Selection of the Book of the Month Club and the Quality Paperback. Book Summary Slammerkin: A loose gown; a loose woman. Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. This boldly imagined historical fiction—reminiscent, though by no means imitative, of both Defoe’s classic Moll Flanders and Margaret Atwood’s recent Alias Grace—represents a quantum leap forward for its Irish-born (now Canadian) author.. The antiheroine and protagonist is Mary Saunders, a young woman whose ingenuous lust for “fine clothing” (e.g., the “slammerkin,” which. Fiction Book Review: SLAMMERKIN by Emma Donoghue, Author. Harcourt $24 (p) ISBN Donoghue takes scraps of the intriguing true story .