The Star of the Sea

The Star of the Sea : Vintage 21

By (author) Joseph O'Connor

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In the bitter winter of 1847, The Star of the Sea sets sail from Ireland for New York. Amongst the passengers are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist and a maker of revolutionary ballads. All in search of a new home in the Promised land, each is yet connected more deeply than they can possibly know...and a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for vengeance and absolution.

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 34mm | 421.84g
  • 05 Sep 2011
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • 0099563096
  • 9780099563099
  • 234,665

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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. www.josephoconnorauthor.com.

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"A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it" Daily Mail 20040210 "Stunningly accomplished" Guardian 20040210 "A triumph... A spectacular breakthrough... it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction" Sunday Times 20040210 "A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrative" Daily Telegraph 20040210

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‘Stunningly accomplished’ Guardian In the bitter winter of 1847, the Star of the Sea sets sail from Ireland for New York. Amongst the passengers are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his family, an aspiring novelist and a maker of revolutionary ballads. All in search of a new home in the Promised land, each is yet connected more deeply than they can possibly know... and a camouflaged killer is stalking the decks, hungry for vengeance and absolution. It’s Vintage’s 21st birthday and we’re celebrating by publishing twenty-one of our most iconic books in a rainbow of beautiful colours. Treat yourself and make your bookshelves happy.

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