Joseph O'Connor My Father's House


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A gripping thriller based on true story of an Irish priest in the Vatican who smuggled victims of the Nazis out of Italy under the nose of his SS officer nemesis. From the bestselling and prizewinning author of Shadowplay.

September 1943- German forces occupy Rome. SS officer Paul Hauptman rules with terror. The war's outcome is far from certain.

An Irish priest, Hugh O'Flaherty, dedicates himself to helping those escaping from the Nazis. His home is Vatican City, the world's smallest state, a neutral, independent country within Rome where the occupiers hold no sway. Here Hugh brings together an unlikely band of friends to hide the vulnerable under the noses of the enemy.

But Hauptman's net begins closing in on the Escape Line and the need for a terrifyingly audacious mission grows critical. By Christmastime, it's too late to turn back.

Based on an extraordinary true story, My Father's House is a powerful literary thriller from a master of historical fiction. Joseph O'Connor has created an unforgettable novel of love, faith and sacrifice, and what it means to be truly human in the most extreme circumstances.

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'A masterwork... so urgent, so incredibly alive... A searing and beautiful example of storytelling's infinite importance'
- Donal Ryan

'Gripping, compelling and utterly brilliant. O'Connor's gift for exquisite language shines through'
- Liz Nugent

'I was utterly engrossed from start to finish. The writing hums with energy. Such a gloriously vivid depiction of a Rome that is both familiar and altogether strange. And a powerful story of ordinary humans showing extraordinary bravery and tenacity. Bravo!'
- Danielle McLaughlin

'Riveting, immersive, synesthetic, linguistically dazzling, funny and dark, this novel is blessed with a kind of magical grace. Sprezzatura springs from every page.'
- Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, SMF Bookclub

'Joseph O'Connor is a very great artist and storyteller'
- Sebastian Barry


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