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Best Irish Books

The best books that are about, set in, or have something to do with Ireland.
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3.75 avg rating — 120,402 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 1,330 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 149,892 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 15,522 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 1,288,734 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 142,007 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 111,494 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 38,139 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 105,316 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 21,611 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 18,562 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 43,673 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 22,386 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 19,775 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 7,838 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 101,591 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 29,591 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 532,184 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 4,223 ratings
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25

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4.05 avg rating — 62,851 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 10,582 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 185,013 ratings
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28

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4.50 avg rating — 662 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 7,009 ratings
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30

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4.45 avg rating — 606 ratings
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31

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3.92 avg rating — 77,145 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 3,596 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 17,244 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 8,566 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 6,883 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 10,156 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 1,133,502 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 12,610 ratings
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3.11 avg rating — 22,026 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 15,432 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 3,116 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 538 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 92,403 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 7,165 ratings
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4.55 avg rating — 333 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 4,207 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 4,543 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 10,291 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 2,537,655 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 9,088 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 6,370 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 396,868 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 3,949 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 8,304 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 1,025 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 2,922 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 3,997 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 6,813 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 3,521 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 6,073 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 18,606 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 2,902 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 366,665 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 3,012 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 75,405 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 61,199 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 7,658 ratings
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3.57 avg rating — 2,505 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 81,153 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 60,684 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 97,431 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 2,458 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 3,735 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 602,079 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 1,659 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,266 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 36,770 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 61,459 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 352 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 1,066 ratings
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3.19 avg rating — 3,679 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 48,707 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 8,887 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 489,691 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 9,467 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 10,276 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 8,646 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 27,446 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 73,357 ratings
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650 books · 584 voters · list created March 24th, 2009 by Lanea (votes) .
Tags: best, ireland, irish
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

What no Maeve Binchy? baffled.....


message 2: by Mo (new)

Mo I agree and how come P. S. I Love You isn't on here? I've never even heard of any of these books aside from The Snapper.


message 3: by Neva (new)

Neva Leigh Oh my gosh you missed one of the best books set in a sleepy Irish village - The All of It by Jeannette Haien. It is only 148 pages but one of my favorite books


message 4: by David (new)

David The Year of the French/The Tenants of Time/the Last of the Hunt by Thomas Flanagan. Historical fiction at its best, and beautifully written.


message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney needs to be on the list. Listen to it if you can, the author narrates it himself. Also Skippy Dies by Paul Murray


message 6: by Maggieg (new)

Maggieg What,no J P Donleavy. 'The Ginger Man' - surely one of the funniest books ever written. Also, Edna O'Brien's 'The Country Girls'.


message 7: by Lucy (new)

Lucy Where are the works of the great Irish author, William Trevor i.e. "Cheating at Canasta", "The Story of Lucy Gault". "Death in Summer".


message 8: by Judi (last edited Mar 14, 2012 06:28PM) (new)

Judi Fox Only one each by Cecelia Ahern, Ken Bruen, Maeve Binchy,and Frank Delaney,and no Irish Century at all. The Irish Century series - 1916, 1921, 1949, 1972, and 1999 by Morgan Llywelyn deserve to be here, and does her "Lion of Ireland."

So - I added a few of my favorites.


message 9: by Bettie (new)

Bettie the earth hums in b flat is set in wales and written by a welsh author.

If you don't see a book here that you think should be you can add them by pressing the 'add book' tab up there on top right, just above the 'my rating' column.

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012


message 10: by Alan (new)

Alan Newman Should add: The Master and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin; The Gathering by Ann Enright; Felicia's Journey and Collected short Stories, by William Trevor, Waiting for Godot, and other plays and novels by Samuel Beckett.


message 11: by Annemarie (new)

Annemarie Cullen What about the magnificent Kate o'brien? The land of spices is a beautiful book


message 12: by Dan (new)

Dan Sutton Brendan Behan, "Borstal Boy" ?!?


message 13: by Hilary (new)

Hilary Andrea Carter's solicitor detective.


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

What about books actually written in Irish? Is there another category I missed?


message 15: by Jean (new)

Jean Nolan Many of the books people are claiming are absent are there. Read a bit more carefully, my friends.


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