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  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112634
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

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

* Over a million copies sold *

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

  • Published: 3 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529112634
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

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

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


A brilliant read

Dermot O'Leary, Waitrose Weekend

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