A Thousand Roads Home

An uplifting and inspiring novel from the Irish Times bestseller

Warm, powerful and unforgettable, Irish Times best-selling author Carmel Harrington’s new novel is about second chances, friendship and unlikely heroes.


Where is home? Wherever the people you love are. 

Single mother, Ruth, and her son, DJ, have never truly fitted in, but that’s never mattered, so long as they were together.

When their home in Dublin comes under threat, their quiet life changes forever but not in the way they imagined.

DJ meets Tom, a man who ten years ago walked out of his house and never looked back.

Ruth, DJ and Tom have all felt like outsiders. Burdened with grief and insecurities, they are not living their best lives.

But together, these three ordinary people will do an extraordinary thing.

Everyone has felt like an outsider at some point in their lives. This is the book that will make you feel you belong. 


I read it. I LOVE it! It makes an important point powerfully but subtly. Warm, uplifting and important…a very VERY special book. Marian Keyes
This brave and original novel highlights life lived by the most vulnerable on the margins of society. It is both heartwarming, heartbreaking and thoroughly enjoyable. Liz Nugent
A weepy but important read. Cecelia Ahern
I am utterly STUNNED by this book! Just wow. It’s fearless, brave, compassionate and so full of heart, I finished it, then wanted to go back to the beginning to start over again. My heart has been broken a thousand times and I’ve felt so uplifted by your words a thousand times more. It’s a stunning read. This for me is the Book of the Year! Ruth and DJ have my heart in their hands. Claudia Carroll

Her books are like a hug, they envelop you. Her books are clever, finely honed … they make you think, make you grateful. Ireland AM Book Club with Aine Toner

Sometimes a book comes along at exactly the right time to shine a spotlight on an issue everyone is talking about. Important, life-affirming and bursting with Carmel’s trademark warmth and hope, A Thousand Roads Home will make you think about things you take for granted. It belongs on everyone’s shelf, and in everyone’s hearts. Hazel Gaynor
Timely, moving and FULL of heart. I think this is a novel that’s going to resonate with a lot of readers. Catherine Ryan Howard

Finished this last night and can’t stop thinking about it. I even dreamt about it. What a remarkable, special, joyous book. It captured my heart. Alex Brown

Finally got to read this beautiful, moving book. Carmel Harrington is one talented lady! Sinead Moriarty

Without a shadow of a doubt, my book of the year and nothing will come close before the year is out….simply outstanding. Book Reviews for U

This book highlights homelessness and what it means in 2018, how ordinary people like me and you can end up homeless. A book that’s for women, men and in fact anyone that loves a brilliant and memorable story. Paul Dunphy, Self Starter Magazine

A Thousand Roads Home touches on a subject that is an open wound in today’s society. Carmel Harrington has produced another tear jerker which hooks the reader from its opening pages and churns them around in a spin cycle of emotion. Margaret Madden
I am blown away. I want Ruth to be my friend and Tom is incredible. This must have been difficult to write, but wow, I couldn’t put it down. Never judge a book by its cover or a person by their appearance. We would all be poorer if we didn’t let people like Ruth, Tom, Ava, Aisling, Kian, DJ even Erica into our lives. Margaret Conway
…a warm, powerful and unforgettable novel about friendships, family and unlikely heroes … Carmel’s writing is exquisite and she has a real talent for making you believe that you can be extraordinary too. IndulgeMe Magazine

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