Best Irish Books

The best books that are about, set in, or have something to do with Ireland.
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3.61 avg rating — 113,880 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 14,210 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 18,455 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 6,631 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 805,552 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 15,456 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 35,218 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 81,119 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 440,647 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 85,319 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 3,349 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 18,564 ratings
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3.50 avg rating — 21,421 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 6,021 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 2,975 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 8,559 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 137,970 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 12,560 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 55,261 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 8,327 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 6,720 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,863 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 62,409 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 6,116 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 293 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 11,667 ratings
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3.06 avg rating — 17,888 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 1,027 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,816 ratings
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4.53 avg rating — 301 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 68,369 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 2,169 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 7,633 ratings
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4.47 avg rating — 508 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 4,871 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 771 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 4,826 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 3,492 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 4,969 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 468 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 311,359 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,490 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 56,886 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 6,376 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 280,622 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 54,071 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 2,170 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 81,399 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 66,900 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 800,606 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 43,702 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 449,283 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 9,018 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 63,270 ratings
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4.67 avg rating — 15 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 3,406 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 4,045 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 1,909 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 7,310 ratings
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542 books · 510 voters · list created March 24th, 2009 by Lanea (votes) .
Tags: best, ireland, irish
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Lanea 3520 books
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Bettie☯ 15158 books
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John 1695 books
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Amanda 1178 books
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Ali 1368 books
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Darbi 167 books
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Anna 256 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?


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