Star Of The Sea - Joseph O'Connor

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Star of the Sea

This brooding historical fiction chronicles the mayhem aboard the Star of the Sea, a leaky old sailing ship crossing from Ireland to New York during the bitter winter of 1847, its steerage crammed to the bulkheads with diseased and starving refugees from the Irish potato famine. The novel takes the form of a personal account written by passenger G. Grantley Dixon, a New York Times reporter who intersperses his narrative with reportage and interviews as he describes the intrigue that unfolds during the 26-day journey.


Praise For Star Of The Sea

Star of the Sea was a number one bestseller in Britain and Ireland, it won the Prix Littéraire Européen Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year, the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune 'Hall of Fame' Award, the Irish Post Award for Fiction, Italy's Premio Giuseppe Acerbi for New Literature, France's Prix Millepages for Foreign Fiction, the Neilsen Bookscan Golden Book Award, an American Library Association citation, and was included on the New York Public Library's prestigious annual 'Books to Remember' list, for works deemed by a panel of critics to be of literary excellence. It was a 'New York Times Notable Book of the Year', runner-up in the readers' poll for 'Best Read of the Year' on British television's Richard and Judy Book Club, and nominated for the International IMPAC Literary Award. It has been published in dozens of languages and was the highest selling literary novel of 2004 in the UK.

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