Joseph O'Connor's monumental bestseller reissued in a new series look to coincide with the publication of his new novel, Shadowplay
THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE 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
'[Joseph O'Connor is] Ireland's most brilliant storyteller' Independent on Sunday
“A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it”
“A triumph...A spectacular breakthrough...it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction”
“A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrative”
“This is Joseph O'Connor's best book. It is shocking, hilarious, beautifully written, and very, very clever”
“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”
“A masterful storyteller... A thrilling tale...O'Connor writes with nothing less than incandescent passion... Unfailingly gripping”
“A modern masterpiece... The language is absolutely gorgeous”
“There is so much that is memorable in the Star of the Sea... Grounded upon well researched, vivid, unprejudiced empathy”
“Sensitive, thoughtful and rich with the spoils of its author's plunder of the past”