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message 1: by Courtney (last edited Aug 02, 2015 05:45PM) (new)

Courtney I'll be traveling to Ireland in October, and I like to read books set in a place or by an author from the place that I am traveling. Any suggestions?


message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda Any of Tana French's Dublin's Murder Squad books.


message 3: by Courtney (last edited Aug 02, 2015 05:44PM) (new)

Courtney Linda wrote: "Any of Tana French's Dublin's Murder Squad books."

Yes...those are on my TBR. Thanks for the reminder.


message 4: by Linda (new)

Linda For something a little heavier there is How the Irish Saved Civilization


message 5: by Deborah (new)

Deborah How about Maeve Binchy


message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill Adrian McKinty has a great series about Northern Ireland that starts with The Cold Cold Ground. Colin Bateman if you like humorous mysteries also set in Belfast. I heartily second Tana French and Maeve Binchy. Morgan Llewellyn has some wonderful historical fiction about Ireland. Red Branch was my favorite by her.


message 7: by Jill (new)

Jill Brendan O'Carroll's The Mammy is a delightful and sometimes sad look at life in Dublin in the 1960s. The book was made into a movie titled Agnes Brown. I loved this story. At times it made me laugh out loud and later in the book I would find myself tearing up. I hope you have a grand trip. I plan to visit sometime.


message 8: by Katherine (new)

Katherine I loved Claire Kilroy's The Devil I Know. Also, Roddy Doyle's The Snapper was hilarious. Have a great time in Ireland - it's so gorgeous and the people are wonderful!


message 9: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Courtney wrote: "I'll be traveling to Ireland in October, and I like to read books set in a place or by an author from the place that I am traveling. Any suggestions?"

A few that I thought of:
Trinity
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion


message 10: by Bethany (new)

Bethany Miller The carnival at bray by Jessie Ann Foley
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
Angela's Ashes by Frank Mc Court


message 11: by Yellowbelly (new)

Yellowbelly Many books by Roddy Doyle: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
The Van by Roddy Doyle and The Snapper by Roddy Doyle.
I would also recommend books by Colm Toibin including The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín.
Then there are Jennifer Johnston's books which are located in Ireland, some are historical and others are set in the present The Gingerbread Woman by Jennifer Johnston, Two Moons by Jennifer Johnston, Shadows on our Skin by Jennifer Johnston.
They are very different authors and give the reader alternative versions of Ireland and the Irish.


message 12: by Linda (new)

Linda Oh, read the mysteries by Erin Hart! Her first one is Haunted Ground. These are very atmospheric, and include references to Irish music as well as the culture and archaelogy. This is the first in a series that is three books long (a fantastic series). If you just want a stand-alone, read her latest, THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN. Excellent! She lives in MN and is married to a world-renowned Irish traditional musician. No one does Ireland better than Erin Hart!


message 13: by Jumana A (new)

Jumana A If you are interested in a Canadian author with a story about 1847 Ireland I would suggest:
The Law of Dreams by Peter BehrensThe Law of Dreams
It was a winner of the Governor General Award and a finalist of a few other book awards.


message 14: by Kris (last edited Aug 04, 2015 06:38PM) (new)

Kris The Last September if you're looking for something typically Irish and a classic.

Anything by Oscar Wilde is sure to be a treat.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a fairly absurd piece that conveys a very different kind of Irish writing while also containing numerous references to common folk stories and myths.


message 15: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Thank you all for the suggestions! So many great books that I never would have found otherwise.


message 16: by Sue (new)

Sue Jackson I second Linda's suggestion of Tana French's books - my husband and I both enjoy them.

Recently, cousin chose the novel Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan for our family book group, and we all enjoyed it. It is the first of a trilogy about a young woman who grows up in Ireland, then immigrates to America in the 1920's and must decide whether to stay or go back. Here's my review:

http://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2015/0...

Sue


message 17: by Laura (new)

Laura Kalpakian Frank O'Conner's classic short stories are a wonderful intro to Irish writers. Also, classics: the short story writer, Mary Larkin. Molly Keane who also wrote as M. J. Farrell has some wonderful novels. More contemporary, the work of William Trevor, a master.


message 18: by Julie (new)

Julie M Courtney wrote: "I'll be traveling to Ireland in October, and I like to read books set in a place or by an author from the place that I am traveling. Any suggestions?"
John Boyne's 'History of Loneliness' and Mary Costello's 'Academy Street'. As if you didn't have enough suggestions, Courtney!


message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet Can't believe no one has suggested Frank McCourt or maybe they did and I just missed it. Angela's Ashes is simply outstanding.


message 20: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller Colum McCann TRANSATLANTIC .


message 21: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Bringmann Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

I've had this book on my shelf for a couple years now and have been meaning to read it... It has good reviews and was an Oprah book club selection. It is a family saga.


Jenny (Reading Envy) Linda wrote: "Oh, read the mysteries by Erin Hart! Her first one is Haunted Ground. These are very atmospheric, and include references to Irish music as well as the culture and archaelogy. This is the first in a..."

I love these and I don't even READ mysteries.

I've also recently started noticing Donal Ryan and liked The Spinning Heart.


message 23: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Courtney wrote: "I'll be traveling to Ireland in October, and I like to read books set in a place or by an author from the place that I am traveling. Any suggestions?"

Patrick Taylor has a whole series of Irish countryside books. Also , on the more gritty side, Tana French writes a good mystery set in Ireland.


message 25: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I love Stuart Neville who writes gritty books that take place in Northern Ireland. Also Adrian McKinty, another mystery writer.


message 26: by Catherine (new)

Catherine and of course Tana French.


message 27: by Jen (new)

Jen Janet wrote: "Can't believe no one has suggested Frank McCourt or maybe they did and I just missed it. Angela's Ashes is simply outstanding."

and Frank McCourt did the narration for the audio version, which really adds to the experience.


message 28: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Edward Rutherfurd has his Dublin saga, starting with The Princes of Ireland.


message 29: by Gerald (new)

Gerald Miller Well there is TRINITY by Leon Uris and THE YEAR OF THE FRENCH.


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