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10 fantastic books by Irish writers

This Saint Patrick’s Day, why endure noisy crowds, green tinsel, and chilly streets? Pour yourself a stout, turn on some Van Morrison, settle into the couch, and let Ireland come to you with a book by one of these great Irish writers.

01

TransAtlantic

Colum McCann

National Book Award–winning novelist Colum McCann’s “rare and wondrous” New York Times bestseller brings together four generations of heartbreaking, unforgettable women and some of the most significant men in Irish-American history.

02

One of the greatest story collections in the English language—an unflinching, brilliant portrait of early-twentieth-century Dublin.

03

A vast, intricate novel by the author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks recounts fiery, irresistible Holly Sykes’s life in six interconnected episodes. In 1984, fifteen-year-old Holly runs away from home; that same weekend, her family is struck by tragedy. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves best—even the ones not yet born—and involving Holly in a secret war between a cabal of dangerous mystics and the small group of vigilantes who try to take them down.

04

“Karen Marie Moning is back, delivering the kind of spellbinding, addictive, twisted tale we love to devour. Magic and madness, intrigue and illusion, passion and power, sexual tension and more sexual tension. . . . Burned is a book that shouldn’t be missed. Thrilling, suspenseful, sexy—it has all the right stuff to delight the most ardent of Fever fans.”—USA Today

05

Tara Road

Maeve Binchy

Ria seems to have it all: a great marriage, a loving family, a beautiful home in Dublin. But her world is upturned when her husband leaves her for his young, pregnant girlfriend. Across the ocean, in Connecticut, Marilyn is grieving the death of her teenage son. Without ever having met, the two women decide to swap houses for the summer. A provocative tale of family heartbreak, friendship, and revelation, Tara Road explores a fantasy we all have from time to time: escape into another place, another life.

06

Dracula

Bram Stoker

A key inspiration for Dracula was always said to have been Vlad the Impaler, the fifteenth-century Transylvanian-born prince. However, historian Fiona Fitzsimons says: “Stoker did not use overtly Irish references in Dracula, but his main theme is taken from Irish history—the history, we now learn, of his own family—recast in the writer’s imagination. Manus the Magnificent (Manus O’Donnell, who once ruled much of Ireland) was Stoker’s direct ancestor and was an influence on the book.”

07

The Last Storyteller

Frank Delaney

“Brimming with fascinating Irish history, daring intrigue, and the drama of legendary love, The Last Storyteller is an unforgettable novel as richly textured and inspiring as Ireland itself.”—Publishers Weekly

08

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories embody what Yeats describes as “the very voice of the people, the very pulse of life.”

09

An Evening of Long Goodbyes

Paul Murray

From the author of Skippy Dies, a brilliantly entertaining and outright hilarious novel set in modern-day Dublin. Paul Murray’s protagonist is endearing and wildly witty—part P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster with a cantankerous dash of A Confederacy of Dunces’s Ignatius J. Reilly.

10

Dragonflight

Anne McCaffrey

The Dragonriders of Pern is one of the most popular series in all of science fiction. Dragonflight is the novel that started it all—and the perfect introduction to the series for new readers. The thrilling story of a young woman and the telepathic bond she shares with a great dragon will particularly appeal to teenage girls. Anne McCaffrey lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, in a house of her own design: Dragonhold-Underhill.