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Wrecker

(2018)
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‘Compelling’ Sunday Times

A powerful debut exploring the dark side of Cornwall – the wrecking and the drowned sailors – where poverty drove villagers to dark deeds…

Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. And as the sea washes the bodies of the drowned onto the beach, it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor, exotic fruit, the chance to lift a fine pair of boots from a corpse, maybe even a jewel or two.

When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half-dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is a Methodist minister from Newlyn, a married man. Touched by Mary’s sacrifice and horrified by the superstitions and pagan beliefs the villagers cling to, Gideon sets out to bring light and salvation to Porthmorvoren by building a chapel on the hill.

But the village has many secrets and not everyone wants to be saved. As Mary and Gideon find themselves increasingly drawn together, jealousy, rumour and suspicion is rife. Gideon has demons of his own to face, and soon Mary’s enemies are plotting against her…

Gripping, beautifully written and utterly beguiling, Noel O’Reilly’s debut WRECKER is a story of love, injustice, superstition and salvation, set against Cornwall’s dark past.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A gripping historical tale. Laced with Cornwall and menace in equal measure. I loved it." - Liz Fenwick

"With echoes of Du Maurier, this compelling Cornish drama weaves a tangled web of fallen faiths, of sins, seductions and deceits." - Essie Fox


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Hardback Editions

May 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: Wrecker
Author(s): Noel O'Reilly
ISBN: 1-78541-714-2 / 978-1-78541-714-6 (UK edition)
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June 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wrecker: A gripping debut for fans of Poldark and the Essex Serpent
Author(s): Noel O'Reilly
ISBN: 0-00-827451-7 / 978-0-00-827451-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Wrecker
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Title: Wrecker
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Title: Wrecker
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July 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wrecker: A gripping debut for fans of Poldark and the Essex Serpent
Author(s): Noel O'Reilly
Publisher: HQ
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