From Number 1 Irish bestselling author Marita Conlon-McKenna comes The Hungry Road (Transworld, April 2020) a major new novel set against the backdrop of Ireland's Great Famine.

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).

  • "Marvellous book that could not be more timely... holds the reader spellbound throughout." Irish Independent on Rebel Sisters
  • "An engrossing novel." The Sunday Times on Rebel Sisters
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