Marita Conlon-McKenna is an award winning Irish writer of adult and children’s fiction whose books are enjoyed by readers all across the world  

The Hungry Road, Marita’s new book was inspired by true Irish heroes. Set during The Great Irish Famine, it is a story of great courage and the strength of the human spirit. 

In 1845 Ireland’s hopes for freedom are dashed with the arrival of a deadly potato blight. 

Seamstress Mary Sullivan’s dreams of a better future are shattered as she looks out over their ruined crop. Refusing to give in to despair, she must use every ounce of courage and strength to protect her family as they fight to survive  

Dr Dan Donovan is medical officer to the Skibbereen Union. The arrival of ‘The Hunger’ soon brings starving men, women and children crowding into the town and the workhouse desperate for assistance.

Parish Priest Rev John Fitzpatrick’s faith is tested by the suffering that surrounds him as the town’s pleas for help to the authorities fall on deaf ears.

Marita’s best-selling novels include, The Magdalen, Rebel Sisters, The Stone House, The Rose Garden, The Hat Shop on the Corner  and Three Women.

Marita’s children’s book, Under the Hawthorn Tree is set during the Great Irish Famine and has become a children’s classic. Winner of ‘The International Reading Association Award’ (U.S.A.) it is part of the acclaimed ‘Children of the Famine’ trilogy. Other children’s books include The Blue Horse, In Deep Dark Wood and Love Lucie.


Marita Conlon-McKenna

Marita Conlon-McKenna