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
Rediscover Joseph O'Connor's monumental #1 international bestseller 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 'Ireland's most brilliant storyteller' Independent on Sunday
Praise for Star of the Sea
A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss itDaily Mail
A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough...it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fictionSunday Times
A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrativeDaily Telegraph
This is Joseph O'Connor's best book. It is shocking, hilarious, beautifully written, and very, very cleverRoddy 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 landfallIrish Times
A masterful storyteller... A thrilling tale...O'Connor writes with nothing less than incandescent passion... Unfailingly grippingThe Times
A modern masterpiece... The language is absolutely gorgeousBob Geldof
There is so much that is memorable in the Star of the Sea... Grounded upon well researched, vivid, unprejudiced empathySunday Telegraph
Sensitive, thoughtful and rich with the spoils of its author's plunder of the pastIrish Independent