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Fallen Star Joan O'neill

Fallen Star By Joan O'neill

Fallen Star by Joan O'neill

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A haunting evocative period novel based on the infamous Magdalene Laundry girls in 1950s Ireland, from the popular author of the Daisy Chain sequence.

Fallen Star Summary

Fallen Star by Joan O'neill

In 1950s Ireland, Sixteen year old Stella's innocent childhood is shattered when charismatic Charlie comes into her life. Where Stella's family struggle to make ends meet, Charlie can have anything he wants, and that includes Stella, who is rapidly falling for him. Then Stella discovers she is pregnant. Suddenly Charlie is gone, and Stella is left with only the bracelet he gave her. Stella's devoutly religious mother, horrifed by the scandal, sends her errant daughter to a Magdalene Laundry convent, miles from home, where in return for daily and rigorous and endless chores, Stella will be able to have her baby in secret. The convent is bleak and austere, the nuns themselves cruel and lacking compassion. When Stella's baby girl is born, it will be taken from her for adoption, the only answer is to run away with her child. But Stella didn't expect the struggle and pain of being a single mother - with her family turning against her, who can she rely on for help. Out of the blue, comes support and love from an unexpected quarter, to finally make Stella's story a happy one.

Fallen Star Reviews

This warm and enchanting story of cousins growing up in Ireland during the war is going to become a classic. * The Daily Express *
One of the most powerful books I have read in a long time . . . This is a magnificent portrayal of a very real part of Ireland's history. * The Bookseller *

Daisy Chain War:
'A wonderful book about growing up ... beautifully written in prose that is warm as a sunset on a hot summer's day.'

* The Guardian *
This is an impotant, believably written account of a sad chapter from recent history. It shows how the fictional narrative can do far better than media presentations in portraying the ugly reality of the social and sexual attitudes of the recent past. * The Bookseller *
With Fallen Star Joan O'Neill brings all her trademark humour, warmth and insight to a subject close to her heart. * *
This is a poignant novel for confident, older readers, but one which is ultimately uplifting. * Norwich Evening News *
'... vividly described, and well-rounded characters keep the reader's interest until the last page.' * Bookfest *

About Joan O'neill

Joan O'Neill is a well-established, best-selling author of adult fiction both in Ireland and the UK. Originally published over in Ireland, the Daisy Chain trilogy has been in print since 1990 and the reissues have proved to have enduring appeal to readers of 10 and above. Joan has three grown up daughters and lives with her husband in idyllic County Wicklow in Ireland. In between writing she is a keen water-colourist and travels frequently to Italy to gain inspiration and paint. Fallen Star is Joan's fifth young adult novel and its subject is one very close to her heart, as an ex-convent girl in Ireland.

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Fallen Star by Joan O'neill
Used - Very Good
Hachette Children's Group
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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