Best Irish Books

The best books that are about, set in, or have something to do with Ireland.
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3.73 avg rating — 109,591 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 123,077 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 300,417 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 14,273 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 91,602 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 127,322 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 34,850 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 955,131 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 19,888 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 17,287 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 93,812 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 7,173 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 39,616 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 20,081 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 490,418 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 93,151 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 23,703 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 9,511 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 3,714 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 594 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 6,462 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 545 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 158,309 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 3,239 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 58,681 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 14,496 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 9,176 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 7,524 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 6,481 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 72,700 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,956 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 74,823 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 3,327 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 13,353 ratings
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3.08 avg rating — 19,808 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 11,433 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 407 ratings
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4.54 avg rating — 314 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 6,907 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 3,478 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 3,840 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 3,174 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 2,416 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 8,266 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 5,474 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 328,266 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 6,933 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 5,608 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 860 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 2,109,674 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 5,504 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 16,985 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 2,283 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 62,877 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 57,280 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 6,185 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 2,353 ratings
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4.57 avg rating — 58 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 335,796 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 72,851 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 3,267 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 178 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 3,080 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 87,292 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 54,655 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 306 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 92 ratings
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4.61 avg rating — 36 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 54,934 ratings
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3.21 avg rating — 3,205 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 46,048 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 2,173 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 405,391 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 9,644 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 8,097 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 68,193 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 25,528 ratings
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4.67 avg rating — 15 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 4,609 ratings
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592 books · 571 voters · list created March 24th, 2009 by Lanea (votes) .
Tags: best, ireland, irish
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John 1847 books
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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 Kelly Andrea Carter's solicitor detective.


message 14: by Kathy (new)

Kathy 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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