My Father’s House: Thrilling tale of real-life Irish priest who saved 6,500 people from the Nazis

Joseph O’Connor is in fine form with his fictionalised novel about the Kerry priest Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty who was stationed in the Vatican during WWII and put himself in the firing line to help targets of the Nazi murder machine

Author Joseph O’Connor tells a fictionalised version of the story of Kerry priest Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty. Picture: True Media

When it comes to historical fiction, the hat must come off to Joseph O’Connor. He put you on the deck of the titular famine ship in his deservedly bestselling Star of the Sea and made Bram Stoker’s London come alive in the more recent Shadowplay.

O’Connor is not just a scenery painter, though. It’s story that’s paramount, so he must have whispered a silent thanks to the gods when he first heard of Monsignor Hugh ...