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The Star of the Sea

(2002)
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The Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
Fans of Matthew Kneale's English Passengers and Sheri Holman's The Dress Lodger will find themselves enthralled with this tale of a sea journey from the Emerald Isle across the Atlantic. Brimming with exquisitely rendered characters and historical detail, this captivating tale of mystery and murder combines the elements of the literary novel, historical epic, and thriller to create a muscular work of fiction with a surprising sense of page-turning urgency. Making a wintry voyage from Ireland to New York in 1847, the Star of the Sea is a ship filled with passengers whose range from humble folk fleeing the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine to bankrupt aristocrats trying to outrun the secrets of their past. Beneath these class differences lies a web of connections marked by betrayal and hatred that spans generations and is about to turn murderous.

Narrated by a fictitious journalist for The New York Times, O'Connor's novel is adroitly studded with interviews and reportage of the 26-day journey. A literary star in Ireland, O'Connor splashes onto our shores with formidable proof of his literary gifts, an epic feast of a novel revealing impeccable language skills and an ear for dialogue, combined with a wonderful attention to detail and subtle nuances.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

August 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-7540-7960-0 / 978-0-7540-7960-6 (UK edition)
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May 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-15-100908-2 / 978-0-15-100908-4 (USA edition)
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January 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Star Of The Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-436-25556-1 / 978-0-436-25556-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 1-5291-1263-X / 978-1-5291-1263-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Star of the Sea: Vintage 21 (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions)
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-09-956309-6 / 978-0-09-956309-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Star of the Sea (Reading Guide Edition)
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-09-949705-0 / 978-0-09-949705-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-09-946962-6 / 978-0-09-946962-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-15-602966-9 / 978-0-15-602966-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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July 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Star Of The Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-09-945526-9 / 978-0-09-945526-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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October 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-436-21013-4 / 978-0-436-21013-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 1-4712-9329-7 / 978-1-4712-9329-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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June 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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June 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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June 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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January 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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January 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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January 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
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April 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Star Of The Sea (Rumpole Crime)
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-7927-3439-4 / 978-0-7927-3439-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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April 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Star Of The Sea (Rumpole Crime)
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 0-7927-3440-8 / 978-0-7927-3440-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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July 2004 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Star Of The Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 1-85686-963-6 / 978-1-85686-963-8 (UK edition)
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June 2004 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Star Of The Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
ISBN: 1-85686-962-8 / 978-1-85686-962-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Star of the Sea
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2004 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Star of the Sea: A Novel
Author(s): Joseph O'Connor
Publisher: Mariner Books
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