The Hungry Road (Transworld, 2020), a major novel set against the backdrop of the Irish Famine from Marita Conlon-McKenna, has stormed straight to Number 1 on the Irish bestseller list on publication.

Ireland, 1845. In the town of Skibbereen, a strange blight destroys crop after crop of potatoes, leaving hunger, disease and death in its wake. With her dreams for a better future shattered, Mary Sullivan must find the strength to protect her family as they fight to survive. As he works tirelessly to help his parish, Reverend John Fitzpatrick’s faith is tested by the suffering and hardship he witnesses. And Dr Dan Donovan, tending to the hungry and sick with ever-dwindling resources, decides to write to the newspapers to tell the story of Ireland’s desperation, even as his own family fall victim to the hunger.

Marita lives in Dublin and is the author of the bestselling children's books trilogy Under The Hawthorn Tree (O'Brien Press).

  • "Powerful... Conlon-McKenna has assembled an excellent cast of characters... the myriad small, moving details help to illustrate the enormity of the tragedy.’ Irish Independent on The Hungry Road
  • "A great service to history... I thoroughly enjoyed it." Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio
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