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  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112634
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448

Star of the Sea

Joseph O'Connor's monumental bestseller reissued in a new series look to coincide with the publication of his new novel, Shadowplay

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 and 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.

'A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough' Sunday Times
'[Joseph O'Connor is] Ireland's most brilliant storyteller' Independent on Sunday

  • Pub date: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112634
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448

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 Star of the Sea

“A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it”

Daily Mail

“Stunningly accomplished”


“A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough...it 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

“His most substantial and impressive novel to date. Sad and funny, Star of the Sea tacks and veers in surprising directions, but follows a subtly plotted course to its final satisfying landfall”

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 Geldof

“There is so much that is memorable in the Star of the Sea... Grounded upon well researched, vivid, unprejudiced empathy”

Sunday Telegraph

“Sensitive, thoughtful and rich with the spoils of its author's plunder of the past”

Irish Independent

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