With trailers for the film adaptation of Emma Donogue's bestselling book, Room, now running at your local multiplex, the buzz around this book and the forthcoming film is hotting up.
The book was short listed for the Booker prize in 2010 and tells the story of a young girl and her son, held captive in a garden shed for the whole of his life and much of hers. At first you learn about the world she has created for her son in that one room, helping him to feel safe and secure in. Then, when an opportunity arises for escape, you are taken on a journey of discovery. The young boy has to come to terms with a world much bigger than the room he grew up in, all the terrible things that happened within the room and continue to happen outside its walls. His mother has to fight to keep him safe and secure as she herself adjusts to the outside world.
In the book the narrator is the 5 year old boy and translating his naïve sense of fear and wonder at the wider world to the big screen was seen as a major challenge, but the critics think they have pulled it off, creating a breath-taking, sometimes harrowing film that is ultimately uplifting.
As well as writing the book, Emma Donogue also wrote the screen play, the film was directed by Lenny Abrahamson under the StudioCanal banner.
The film has been a critical success, with the writer, actors and director all being tipped for success during the forthcoming awards season.
The film will be released in the UK on 15th January so expect to hear lots more about both the movie and book over the coming weeks.