The international No. 1 bestseller
'This is Joseph O'Connor's best book. It is shocking, hilarious, beautifully written, and very, very clever' Roddy Doyle
'A terrific story...A stealthily gripping narrative' Daily Telegraph
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. All are 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 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.
'A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough' Sunday Times
'His most substantial and impressive novel to date' Irish Times
'A masterful storyteller...A thrilling tale...O'Connor writes with nothing less than incandescent passion...Unfailingly gripping' The Times
'A modern masterpiece...The language is absolutely gorgeous' Bob Geldofshow more