What a read. I couldn’t put it down - it read like a thriller. A daunting period in history pared down to three days in a Dublin hospital .. more specifically in a three bed maternity ‘room’ with pregnant women ill with the deadly flu of 1918. Donaghue is such a splendid writer that all the gore and tragedy were so realistically described that she brought the reader into that tiny space, but at the same time the reader’s experience was bearable. It is partly based on a real character, which makes the book more compelling. Brilliant just like all of Donagjue’s books.