What are the best books written by Irish authors?

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    #1The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Carlos Padilla
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love reading books. The Picture of Dorian Gray was perfect for what I needed. This was a heart wrenching tale and I enjoyed every minute of it. Irish writers have a way with words and this portrayed that."
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    #2Dracula

    Dracula

    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.

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    Raymond Parker
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Stoker was one of the best irish authors. I can't think of another book as influential the landscape of genre as this one. Every iteration of vampire everafter was influenced by this depiction. Iconic, and a great fun read. It's free, too, so go get it!"
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    #3Finnegans Wake

    Finnegans Wake

    Finnegans Wake is written by an Irish author James Joyce. This book was originally published in 1939, and it is the final work of the author. This book is also considered as one of the most difficult fiction books in the English Language.

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    Louis Estrada
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The cover of this book is a bit plain but don't be turned away by that. Inside of this novel a deep and telling comic story. The length is a bit long but you won't notice it once you dive into this masterpiece."
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    #4The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 

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    Jason Dunn
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "One of the best books written by Irish Author is The Picture of Dorian Gray. It's a great book and I love the complexity of the characters. It's one of the best by Oscar Wilde. "
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    #5A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works

    A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works
    A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works is a collection of essays written by Jonathan Swift. First published in 1729, this book is published by Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading in 2004.
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    Randy West
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Jonathan Swift is one of those hallmark authors who most people are familiar with and have at least read some of his works in school. A Modest Proposal is a collection of mostly satirical essays written by Swift, one of the most well known Irish writers. "
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    #6The Secret Scripture

    The Secret Scripture

    The Secret Scripture is a novel written by Sebastian Barry. It is the third book in the McNulty Family Series. This story about love, passion, and hope is published in 2008.

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    Raúl González
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I love trying out new and different books and I was trying to see what I could find on Irish authors. I ended up coming across The Secret Scripture and it is a really good read. It's about love, and passion, and hope. I really enjoyed it a lot and I would recommend it to any book lover. "
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    #7Circle of Friends

    Circle of Friends

    Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy is a drama novel published in 1990. This book follows the story of two inseparable friends - Benny and Eve - attending a university and the underlying challenge that will test their friendship.

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    Roger Johnston
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "After reading over some info regarding this novel, I do not have anything real negative to say and I think this could be fun read. As long as the characters are easy to invest in and this book has an interesting enough plot, I think it could serve as a fun experience. "Circle of Friends" could have some serious and humorous elements all thrown in here making it even better! "
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    #8Room

    Room

    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 

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    Tyler Contreras
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "An intense, haunting and beautifully written book that will move, disturb and engage. This book will remain with you and I honestly don't know if I could bring myself to read it again. An experience for those who prefer difficult, disturbing material. "
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    #9The Third Policeman

    The Third Policeman

    The Third Policeman is a novel written by one of Ireland's best comic geniuses, Flann O'Brien. This dark comic book portrays death, existence and time. This book is published in 2002.

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    Frank Barnett
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This story is great. It had me hooked from the moment I started. I'll be reading this one again."
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    #10Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jonathan Swift, with an introduction from Robert Demaria, Jr based on the edition published in 1726.

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    Agustín de la Rosa
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Is there anybody who doesn't know Gulliver's Travels? This book by Jonathan Swift was a staple in my childhood. I am proud to say that I just bought a copy for my nephew. He is aware of the story of Gulliver, but this will be the first time actually reading it. When I heard that he asked his dad if they had a copy at home I immediately had one delivered. The story is timeless and always a fantastic treat."
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    #11A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and edited by Seamus Deane is published in 2003. This Penguin Classics edition portrays religious rebellion, including one's development intellectually and emotionally.

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    Arthur Morgan
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I read this book called A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man a month ago. It has made its way into one of my favorites books that I have read."
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    #12The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

    The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
    The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats comprises some of the best works of Yeats during his lifetime. From ancient Irish myths to passionate poems of love, nature, and art - this collection traces a wide range of affairs.
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    Lauren Little
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I highly enjoyed this book because it has a wide variety in subject matter and emotions in the poems. He has several pieces that show his pride and love of Ireland, which has me more interested in learning about the Irish and their culture."
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    #13Ulysses

    Ulysses
    Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 
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    Cynthia Contreras
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Great book for those aspiring to learn more about Joyce. The option of having available in different formats as well is wonderful as you are able to choose if you want to read it on the go with your kindle. You may also get the hard cover book. Audio options are available as well. This is an enjoyable story which you may need some help to understand, but lots of support materials are out there as well."
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    #14Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.

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    Anna Thomas
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "book has high ratings. It looks to be an "olden days" classic book. I do not think I would be interested in the story. However, it does look like many people do like it."
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    #15Pagan Portals: Irish Paganism

    Pagan Portals: Irish Paganism
    Pagan Portals - Irish Paganism: Reconstructing Irish Polytheism is a short introductory book written by Morgan Daimer as a part of the Pagan Portals series. It is about the basic beliefs and practices of Irish Polytheism.
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    Brenda Hunter
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I feel like I can do better than this. I love that it's avialable from Amazon but the reviews dont seem worth it."
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    #16Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft

    Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft

    Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan's guide to the Celtic Fairy-Faith is an introductory book written by known polytheist author Morgan Daimler. This book is a part of the famous series, the Pagan Portals.

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    José Juan Sotelo
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It appears this book has very positive reviews,what can i say i going to read this book and enjoy every minute of it again. oh btw ive read this book before and it was awesome!"
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    #17The Water Horse

    The Water Horse

    The Water Horse is an Irish literature written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and translated by Medbh McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. This fantasy book was originally published in 1999.

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    Crystal Barnett
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a good solution to the topic. The author is an Irish writer and only writes in Irish so this book is translated. It does not have very many reviews but the reviews it does have are great. It would be hard to call this the best book written by an Irish author but it is still a good solution. "
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    #18Pharaoh's Daughter

    Pharaoh's Daughter

    Pharaoh's Daughter is an Irish literature written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and translated by Ciaran Carson et al. This poetry book was originally published in 1990.

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    Randy Jacobs
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Pharaoh's Daughter is a perfect solution for best books written by Irish authors, because it is a popular book wriitten by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill who is irish. "
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    #19An Embarrassment of Riches (The Irish Lottery)

    An Embarrassment of Riches (The Irish Lottery)

    An Embarrassment of Riches is a humorous fiction and the first book in The Irish Lottery series written by Gerald Hansen. This chick lit novel is first published in 2007. 

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    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This was a surprisingly poignant read. Judging by the cover I expected something more lighthearted. While it starts as that, the book becomes quite a nuanced and powerful look at the human condition."
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    #20Sceon na Mara

    Sceon na Mara

    Sceon na Mara is a mystery novel written by Liam Ó Muirthile. It was originally published in 2010. In this book, the author narrates the series of events about women bodies being recovered from the sea.

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    Kenneth Stevens
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "good experience to me"
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    #21The Green Road

    The Green Road

    The Green Road is a historical fiction novel written by Anne Enright. This Irish literature book is first published in 2015 by W. W. Norton Company. 

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    María Luisa Rivas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a modern murder mystery set in the Irish countryside. It's an alright novel and the plot is interesting and keeps you reading, but the characters were a little stiff and weren't very fleshed out. They probably could have been very easily, but the author leaves a lot to the imagination, deliberately choosing not to reveal parts of the characters' pasts, and leaving a lot of the conclusions open to interpretation."
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    #22Sushi for Beginners

    Sushi for Beginners

    Sushi for Beginners is a contemporary fiction book written by Marian Keyes. This chick lit novel is about the friendship of three women and it is first published in 2000. 

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    Kelly Dixon
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Marian Keyes is undoubtedly one of the best Irish authors but this book isn't her greatest work. It's entertaining enough but the characters aren't very likable. It's particularly hard to care about the main character. The style of writing and dialogue is great, however."
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    #23The Gathering

    The Gathering
    The Gathering is an Irish fiction novel written by Anne Enright. It is about the Hegarty clan and it is first published in 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 
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    Adam Black
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Completely ethnic Irish story that is captivating, interesting and a great read. All the elements of a good story including family, secrets and fate. Good."
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    #24Spionain is Roiseanna

    Spionain is Roiseanna

    Spíonáin is Róiseanna (Guth an ealaíontóra) is an Irish literature written by the famous poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. This poetry book was originally published in 1993.

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    Sara Owens
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was a truly emotional read for me. I've always loved poetry for its ability to evoke emotions and this was a eye opening, heart opening experience. "

Summary

Best What are the best books written by Irish authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 39 Paid
2DraculaBooks 33 Free
3Finnegans WakeBooks 33 Paid
4The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 31 Free
5A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical WorksBooks 30 Paid
6The Secret ScriptureBooks 23 Paid
7Circle of FriendsBooks 22 Paid
8RoomBooks 20 Paid
9The Third PolicemanBooks 17 Paid
10Gulliver's TravelsBooks 14 Paid
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