Walk of life:
Novelist, Playwright, and historian. Wrote "Slammerkin" and a book of short stories that is entitled "The woman who gave birth to rabbits"
Biographical details:

She wrote about "The Woman who gave birth to rabbits": This is a book of fictions, but they are also true. I have often stumbled over a scrap of history so fascinating that I had to stop whatever I was doing and write about it. I have tried to use memory and invention together, like two hands engaged in the same muddy work of resurrecting.

Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Donoghue

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