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  • Published: 9 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473508590
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

The Hungry Road

A story of courage, hardship and survival against the odds - this is the definitive account of the Great Irish Famine

The No.1 bestselling novel of the Great Irish Famine from one of Ireland's most beloved writers

Ireland's hopes for freedom are dashed with the arrival of a deadly potato blight that strikes terror in the heart of its people.

1845. Seamstress Mary Sullivan's dreams of a better future are shattered as she looks out over their ruined crop. Refusing to give in to despair, she must use every ounce of courage and strength to protect her family as they fight to survive.

Dr Dan Donovan is Medical Officer to the Skibbereen Union. The arrival of 'The Hunger' soon brings starving men, women and children crowding into the town and the workhouse, desperate for assistance.

Fr John Fitzpatrick's faith is tested by the suffering that surrounds him as his pleas for help fall on deaf ears.

Inspired by true Irish heroes, The Hungry Road is the heartbreaking story of the Great Irish Famine told by one of Ireland's best loved writers.


'Compelling ... An essential book' Sunday Times
'Heartbreaking and powerful' Her.ie

'Gripping' Business Post
'Captivating' Sunday Independent

'Powerful ... illustrate[s] the enormity of the tragedy' Irish Independent

  • Published: 9 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473508590
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Marita Conlon-McKenna

Marita Conlon-McKenna is one of Ireland's favourite authors. Her books include the award-winning Under the Hawthorn Tree which is set during Ireland’s great famine. Widely translated and published, it is now considered an Irish classic. Her other books include bestsellers The Magdalen and Rebel Sisters.

She is a winner of the International Reading Association Award, USA and a former chairperson of Irish PEN.

Marita lives in Dublin with her husband and family.

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Praise for The Hungry Road

(Marita Conlon-McKenna has) done a great service to history ... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I raced through it ... It’s a must-add to your collection.

Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio 1

Powerful ... Conlon-McKenna has assembled an excellent cast of characters ... Myriad small, moving details help to illustrate the enormity of the tragedy

Irish Independent

Captivating … This well-researched novel brings the atrocity of the famine to life

Sunday Independent

It’s a great read - it has the feeling of an epic film.

Mairead Ronan, Today FM

Heartbreaking and powerful


There’s no doubt that The Hungry Road deserves attention: it’s a gripping read - full of mesmerising and horrifyingly visceral detail

Sunday Business Post

Compelling … An accessible and essential book, which does great service to Irish history and charts the courage and steadfastness of the human spirit

Sunday Times

Conlon-McKenna writes about this period with great passion and fury, and even in the midst of all the tragedy, she finds a way to weave in a love story

RTÉ Guide

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