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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446435816
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480


Inishowen is by turns wildly funny and deeply moving, from the author of Star of the Sea.

Inspector Martin Aitken's life is a mess. Divorced, his career's in chaos, and the last thing he needs is a collapsed woman in the street on Christmas Eve. Ellen Donnelly is a woman on a mission, coming to Ireland to find her mother and escape her husband. Milton Amery is her husband, an unfaithful New York plastic surgeon. All three of their roads leads to Inishowen.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446435816
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.


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Praise for Inishowen

“A powerful, moving adventure of raw fate and betrayed love”

Independent on Sunday

“This is a tremendous book, affecting, intelligent, ironic, humane and utterly convincing. It is also extremely funny”


“Inishowen is a vast page-turner, full of compassion, laughter and zest for the human condition, as well as a rattling good story”

Irish Times

“O'Connor is an enviably talented writer... A very fine novelist”

Glasgow Herald

“Ireland's most versatile writer... His storytelling is masterful, and his characters are real and vibrant... A sombre, often heartbreaking story... O'Connor conducts his bittersweet symphony with humour, sensitivity and immense style”

Independent on Sunday

“Entertaining... Black comedy... an energetic caper”

The Times

“Comic and tender... It keeps you guessing all the time”

Maeve Binchy, Woman & Home

“A hefty, vigorous book, its geographic sweep and humane empathy place it in the territory of Brian Moore”

Sunday Times

“A superb storyteller...a style of forensic clarity reminiscent of Tobias Wolff or Robert Stone”

Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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