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Top 20 Irish Authors of All Time!

TOP 20 MUST READ IRISH WRITERS!
‘Fáilte, léitheoirí daor as Éirinn!’

‘Welcome to my Irish readers!’

This lists the greatest Irish novelists throughout time. Eire has a great literary history, with epic tales of rolling hills, impossibly cute romances and even sweet action packed adventures. So pick up an author from Ireland today!


TOP 5 CLASSIC IRISH NOVELS!
1. Joyce Jones - Dubliners - 1914
      15 short stories about ordinary folk in Ireland.


2. Flann O’Brian - The Poor Mouth - 1941
An Irish language satire set in a fictional west Ireland town, with pigs, heart and potatoes aplenty.


3. J.P Donleavy - Ginger Man - 1955
America banned this book yet it charmingly personifies the cracking scamp author.


4. J.G Farrell - Troubles - 1970
A novelisation of the Irish Troubles set after WW1.


5. Anne Enright - The Portable Virgin - 1991
A modern Irish short story masters collection.



TOP 5 IRISH CRIME NOVELS!
1. Sheridan Le Fanu - Uncle Silas - 1864
In this psychological thrillride, our heroine is bullied by an au-pair until she escapes to an uncle’s before discovering a horrifying mystery about her nanny.


2. Ken Bruen - A White Arrest - 1998
The morbid humour of this ‘England cricket team’ serial killer novel makes for a thrilling read.


3. Gene Kerrigan - Little Criminals - 2005
The perfect family fall into gang warfare.


4. Joseph O’Neill - This is the Life - 1991
A solicitor recollects his mysterious year uncovering the life of his high-class cliental.


5. John Boyne - The Thief of Time - 2000
After witnessing his parent’s death, a man stops aging, living to be over 250.



TOP 5 IRISH THRILLER NOVELS!
1.  Laurence Sterne - A Sentimental Journey - 1759
Featuring a fight between a dean, an archbishop, and a lawyer, this satirical story was known in French as a ‘roman a clef’ (novel with a key).


2.  Oliver Goldsmith - The Vicar of Wakefield - 1766
A doctor is forced into poverty after a bad venture.


3.  Erskine Childers - Riddle of the Sand - 1903
While sailing in the Baltic Sea, two adventuring spies discover Germany’s plot to invade England.


4.  John Banville - Nightspawn - 1971
This humorous Irish fantasy political thriller delivers a twist from the norm.


5.  Paul Kearney - The Way to Babylon - 1992
An author with self involved work ethic has an accident in this Irish fantasy.



TOP 5 IRISH ROMANCE NOVELS!
1. Samuel Beckett - Murphy - 1938
The comic but sad life of an Irishman in London who scrapes riches with hopes his lady will marry him.


2. John McGahern - The Barracks - 1963
A woman after many desolate days marries a policeman who feels his life is slavery.


3. Colm Toibin - The South - 1990
A woman leaves her Irish life for an artistic world and Spanish lover.


4. Niall Williams - Four Letters of Love - 1997
A Christian themed - ‘Will, they or won’t they?’


5. Sebastian Barry - Annie Dunne - 2002
A bildungsroman where our heroine and her cousin live and work on a small farm but go to stay with their great aunt when her nephew goes to London to find a job.



7SS STAR PICK - MURPHY


Happy Reading!











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