The Star of the Sea

The Star of the Sea : Farewell to Old Ireland

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In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. Each is connected more deeply than they can possibly know. But a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. The twenty-six day journey will see many lives end, others begin afresh. In a spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the further the ship sails towards the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past which will never let them go.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 358.34g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099469626
  • 9780099469629
  • 39,345

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"A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it" Daily Mail "Stunningly accomplished" Guardian "A triumph...A spectacular raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction" Sunday Times "A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrative" Daily Telegraph "This is Joseph O'Connor's best book. It is shocking, hilarious, beautifully written, and very, very clever" -- Roddy Doyle

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About Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His novels include Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Star of the Sea (Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year), Redemption Falls, and Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel, 2011). In 2012 he won the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. His work has been published in thirty-five languages.

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