The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

byEmma Donoghue

Kobo ebook | August 11, 2011

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The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits is a book of fictions, but they are also true. Over the last ten years, I have often stumbled over a scrap of history so fascinating that I had to stop whatever I was doing and write a story about it. My sources are the flotsam and jetsam of the last seven hundred years of British and Irish life: surgical case-notes; trial records; a plague ballad; theological pamphlets; a painting of two girls in a garden; an articulated skeleton. Some of the ghosts in this collection have famous names; others were written off as cripples, children, half-breeds, freaks and nobodies. The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits is named for Mary Toft, who in 1726 managed to convince half England that she had done just that.

So this book is what I have to show for ten years of sporadic grave-robbing, ferreting out forgotten puzzles and peculiar incidents, asking 'What really happened?', but also, 'What if?

Title:The Woman Who Gave Birth to RabbitsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 11, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Book GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748133461

ISBN - 13:9780748133468


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories by Emma Donoghue The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits is a short story collection based on various, interesting history facts from England and Ireland. From cross-dressing contesses to desperate hoaxes, this book is pouring life into fun facts that might have came into your life, bring a passing smile on your face and then disappear forever from your mind. From amusing, little reminiscenses to goose-bumping fervour, this book stands as a testament of a world that has once been. The nerd in me screamed in delight; give me history and good writing and I'm yours. What I liked especially about this collection is that at the end of each short story, there is a note, where Emma Donoghue talks about the sources of inspiration for her story, adding recommended reads on each topic. I'm pretty sure I will check out some of those.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once again. Once again Donoghue rescues obscure female figures from the annals of history and delightful tales about them. A great collection of short stories.
Date published: 2017-07-06