What are the best British and Irish literary works?

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    #1Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.

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    Yi Liang
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Great Expectations is one of my favorite books. I love how Dickens created the character of Pip-well, Pip creates himself, out of his own words--and makes us care about him, even as we cringe at the type of person he is becoming. There are scenes in which I want to shake Pip until he starts acting sensibly and respectfully, but every time I reread the book, I must remind myself that Pip will learn his lesson in time--and learn it he does. Dickens shows us how a boy can grow into a superficial, snobbish "gentleman," and how he can be shown the emptiness of all his assumptions. A masterwork from a master writer!"
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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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    Donna Collins
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Pride and Prejudice most certainly belongs on a list of best British and Irish literary works. Quite hard to choose who would be first. Certainly dated, the plot revolving around finding husbands for unwed sisters, but it's a well written book for it's time and shows how the main sister, Elizabeth, finds her way in society."
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    #3Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Olivia Brown
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This sounds similar to the American version of Cinderella. Everyone knows and loves that story so in comparison about it being a good book, I would have to agree. I don't know if it would be the best book but it's definitely one to read."
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    #4The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 

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    Helen Stevens
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is an extremely exciting book for young readers. I have recommended it to many students I know, and they have all enjoyed it immensely. Though it is hard to follow at times, it has a huge fan base, and it is easy to see why."
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    #5Harry Potter Series

    Harry Potter Series

    The world-famous Harry Potter series is comprised of seven books written by the British author J.K. Rowling. It follows the life of Harry, a young wizard, and his two best friends Ron and Hermione. 

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    Roy Anderson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Harry Potter Series will travel the halls of history and go down as one of the greatest Classics ever written. The Harry Potter series is absolutely fantastic and highly imaginative."
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    #6The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 

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    Amanda Dean
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books of all time. By the title you might think it's a science fiction book, but it's less about that and more about humor. The protagonist generally gets into trouble and wreaks havoc wherever he goes. If you're into more serious literary works this is not for you, but if you want something to make you laugh then I would highly recommend this!"
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    #7Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Sandra Hamilton
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Someone had told me about this literary work and said that I should definitely read it. I did not enjoy reading about overworked, mistreated animals. I do not suggest anyone take the time to read this. Find something else if you are wanting something either British or Irish."
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    #8The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.

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    Donald Rodriguez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal."
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    #91984

    1984
    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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    Daisy Wu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think pretty much everyone reads this as part of high school English, right? But I think you're too young then. I read it again recently, and boy it gave me the chills! It's an amazing portrayal of what could happen, and so timely too. I encourage everyone affected by world events to give this another read."
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    #10A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.

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    Hu Li
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "A Christmas Carol is a book by Charles Dickens and is available from Amazon in every format. Dickens is one the greatest writers of all time and A Christmas Carol is one of his greats books. It is probably hard to find anyone who went through school that doesn't know this story. It fits the topic perfectly."
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    #11A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    Kathleen Jones
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Cool info"
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    #12Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Vincent James
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Sense and Sensibility is one of the most moving books I've read in a while. I can't believe I waited so long to read on of Jane Austen's best works."
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    #13The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Bobby Brown
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This should be a prerequisite to any student, anyone interested in fantasy science fiction or just good writing or storytelling in general. But while everyone knows The Hobbit as one of Tolkien's greatest novels and what started the whole Lord of the Rings franchise, this edition is particularly special. It has a bunch of really great illustrations, and even the font inside has a special easy to read typography."
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    #14The 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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    Joan Kennedy
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I enjoyed the overall concept of this book, the story and its setting was quite enjoyable. This novel is considered one of the best works from the 1890's, it is easy to see why once you get into the book. I found the book to be easy to read, while also giving some more advanced philosophical content. "
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    #15Dracula

    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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    Joan Kennedy
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I don't know if this is the best. There are so many books from England and Ireland."
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    #16Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Harini Yadav
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What a great book! I don't know why it took me so long to read this book but boy am I glad that I did. It kept me entertained the whole way through and I was sad when I got to the end. "
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    #17Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.

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    Randy Hanson
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is an absolute classic read. Bronte's best work and really well written. The story is really engrossing, you can just feel like you're there in the middle of the drama. It's a classic for a reason."
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    #18The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical play by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of John Worthing, who pretends to have a brother named Earnest as part of an alter ego, and AlgernonMoncrieff, who pretends to be Earnest.

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    Gilberto Alvarado
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This appears to actually be a book by Oscar Wilde who based on my information is not a British or Irish author and is instead a French author. For this reason I would say this is not a good solution for what I was looking for. "
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    #19Ulysses

    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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    Sharon Green
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "i love novels and i cant wait to get my hands on this one"
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    #20Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow

    Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow

    Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 54th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Jacob Turner
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I was skeptical of the Dr. Who books and for good reason. I'm not really a fan to be honest, after reading. I'm personally just going to stick to the show. But, for Whovians who absolutely just need more in their lives I'd still recommend it. "
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    #21Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Sarah Howard
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This was a GREAT book. It starts out really good and becomes chilling and then you get excited and can not put the book down. "
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    #22Right Ho, Jeeves

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    Right Ho, Jeeves is the sixth book in Jeeves series written by P. G. Wodehouse and first published in 1934. This humorous fiction book is about Jeeve's adventure in life. 

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    Shaurya Verma
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This looks and sounds like a fun and interesting novel in a series of fairly popular old books. The author is a classic English writer, so it fits the bill for this search very well. User reviews are also quite positive, so this will likely satisfy anyone interested in older English fiction."
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    #23Doctor Who: The Stealers Of Dreams

    Doctor Who: The Stealers Of Dreams

    Doctor Who: Stealers of Dreams is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Steve Lyons. Originally published in 2005 by BBC Books, it is the 6th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Betty Romero
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I own the entire collection of Doctor Who books. This was a pretty good one, not the best of them but it was classic. I love stories about the 9th Doctor because it was my favorite season of the TV series. "
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    #24Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Steve Lyons. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 39th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Stephen Stone
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you love books from the BRitish Isles than this is a must read. A smart, fresh story that really hasn't been down before. It is funny and has great character developement. This instantly grabs the reader and is near impossivle to put down. Highly recommended!"
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    #25The Enchanted April

    The Enchanted April

    The Enchanted April is a standalone classic romance novel written by Elizabeth von Arnim which centers on four English women who divorced their husbands and receives an amount of money for a book deal so they go to Italy. 

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    Arthur Morris
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Von Arnim has an eye for small human failings, the little acts of pettiness and selfishness in which most people indulge."
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    #26The Birth of Gossip

    The Birth of Gossip

    The Birth of Gossip is a historical fiction book written by Pamela Mann. This British 16th-century fiction novel is first published in 2017. 

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    Roy Kennedy
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wouldn't exactly call this a great British literary work, but for a self-published historical novel it's alright. The author does a decent job of bringing to life a time (the 16th century) when any woman of ability could be suspected of witchcraft. Better than much of what actual publishers publish."
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    #27The Narrative of John Smith

    The Narrative of John Smith

    The Narrative of John Smith is a classic fiction written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is first published in 2011 by British Library. 

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    Sean Delgado
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "John Smith is sort of a spiritual predecessor of Sherlock Holmes. This book goes into his story in great detail, and reading the book I really felt like I was in late 19th century London. You can sense the author put a great amount of effort into this book, as the prose is really enjoyable to read. I would recommend the book to anyone who is into detective thrillers."
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    #28The Poor Mouth

    The Poor Mouth

    The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life is an Irish literature written by Flann O'Brien, and translated by  Patrick C. Power, with illustrations by Ralph Steadman. This was originally published in 1941.

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    Juan Hart
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Poor Mouth is a book that i always recommend to people interested in British or Irish literary. The author really puts a lot of work into the book."
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    #29The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

    The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

    The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book written by Claire Tomalin. This book was published on September 26, 1991 by Penguin Books.

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    Sandra Wells
    Written on May 19, 2018
    " The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book written by Claire Tomalin."
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    #30The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The Unicorn is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on governess of Gaze Castle Marian Taylor who experiences a number of mysteries and got involved in a drama she can only understand. 

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    #31Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions

    Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions

    Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions is a children's book written by Bryce Milligan and Preston McDaniels. Prince of Ireland and the Three Magic Stallions March 1, 2003 by Holiday House.

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    Paul Hayes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a good book based in Ireland and is for children. It tells the tale of one of the princes of Ireland."
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    #32Peig

    Peig

    Peig : The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island is a memoir written by Peig Sayers and translated by Bryan MacMahon. This Irish literature was originally published in 1936.

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    #33Doctor Who: Way through the Woods

    Doctor Who: Way through the Woods

    Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 45th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Roger Butler
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is an absolute blast from beginning to finish. If you like British or Irish set book then this will be great for you. the characters are so much fun and there is so much depth to the story. You will find yourself reading much more of this than you had planned and probably be done with it quicker than expected. Really great book."
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    #34Inside the Victorian Home

    Inside the Victorian Home

    Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England by Judith Flanders is a nonfiction British literature. This was originally published in 2003. This book uncovers the ordinary life of a middle-class Victorian person.

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    Steven Scott
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book was awesome! I'm a major history nerd, and especially love the Victorian era. This book provided a great deal of insight into that time period, and it has lots of interesting insights into daily Victorian life. I loved it!"
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    #35Cal

    Cal

    Cal is a classic fictional Irish literature novel written by Bernard MacLaverty. This classic fictional Irish literature novel was published in 2000 by Penguin.

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    #36The Spire

    The Spire

    The Spire is a classic historical fiction novel written by William Golding. This British literature book is about Dean Jocelin's vision and it first published in  1964. 

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    Catherine Hicks
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is sort of a dry read. I was looking for something more interesting, but this one is a little too metaphorical for my tastes. It might intrigue others who are looking for more abstract works though. The author does have a unique writing style, I do recommend at least trying to read the book and see for yourself."
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    #37Small Island

    Small Island
    Small Island is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Andrea Levy which centers on Jamaican local Hortense Joseph and her husband Gilbert Joseph who moves in Britain.  
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    Guillermina Salinas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Small Island is a novel about how the end of World War Two weaves lives together and tears them apart in a world that doesn't understand color. It combines the worlds of a Jamaican couple and their struggles with a British woman who befriends them. The problems start when her husband comes back from the war with his own PTSD problems that need to be dealt with."
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    #38The Battle for the Falklands

    The Battle for the Falklands

    The Battle for the Falklands is a military fiction written by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins. Originally published in 1983, The Battle for the Falklands focuses on the events in the Falkland Islands during the Falklands wars.

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    Emma Hanson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "My dad is a real history buff and is currently reading this book. I vaguely remember this conflict from when I was a kid, but he remembers it well and is learning more about it."
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    #39Uncle Fred in the Springtime (Blandings Castle)

    Uncle Fred in the Springtime (Blandings Castle)

    Uncle Fred in the Springtime is the sixth book in Blandings Castle series written by P. G. Wodehouse first published in 1939. this humorous book is about the fifth earl Fred. 

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    Donna Harrison
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This P.G. Wodehouse story is one of his best works! Uncle Fred in the Springtime had me in stitches! Uncle Fred himself is center to the story, and his actions and comedic timing are some of the best in literature, at least in my humble opinion. You'll laugh out loud if you appreciate British humor!"
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    #40The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King is a historical adventure fiction novel written by Rudyard Kipling. This British classic fiction book is first published in 1888. 

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    Christian Martin
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great book, and exotic setting. It is a fantastic adventure book for children, but also adults. One of the great literary works of history. "
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    #41The 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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    Mary Dixon
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I did not enjoy this book at all. Ended up skimming through a lot of it."
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    #42Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw

    Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw

    Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw is an adult erotic and thriller novel written by Stuart Pitsligo. It was published in December 2011 and is about a naturalist who aims to stop a series of violent killings in the Scottish highlands.

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    Jean Burton
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Naturist, Red in Tooth & Claw is a very erotic and thrilling novel by Stuart Pitsligo. I absolutely could not put this book down! It's a great combination of mystery and romance with very interesting characters. "
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    #43Ready, Steady, Go!

    Ready, Steady, Go!
    Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London is a historical non-fiction book written by Shawn Levy. It is first published in 2002. 
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    Abhinav Trivedi
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "British and Irish literary works encompass a wide assortment of different writing styles that span the ages. This book is a great example of a British work that focuses on the non-fiction history of London. A more recent book, this is an accessible book for all, and it tells an interesting and less heard history of the 1960s in London. The author is knowledgeable in this regard, and weaves a gripping tale throughout the book. This makes it one of the best British literary work to arise in recent history."
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    #44Pagan 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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    Roger Hudson
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Pagan Portals is a great introduction into Celtic Reconstructionism and a fine piece of Irish literary work. Its a not overloaded book that is ment to ease the reader into the subject. A great read for people new to the subject!"
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    #45A Word Child

    A Word Child

    A Word Child is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which follows Hilary Burde who was saved by a tutor and was admitted to Oxford. However, the man he has betrayed has followed him. 

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    Evelyn Schneider
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I can't figure out how the title of the book applies to the story. The central character is a thoroughly unlikeable man, self-centered and unsympathetic. There is an overwhelming amount of description of the weather conditions, all greys and browns and brownish yellows. Very depressing. I found many spelling errors and some words and items which I had no idea what they were and unusually (for me) had no interest in finding out what they meant. I kept hoping for a change or turn in the storyline. From start to finish, a dreary account of the life of dreary self-absorbed man. "
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    #46Very Good, Jeeves!

    Very Good, Jeeves!

    Very Good, Jeeves! is the fourth book in Jeeves series written by P. G. Wodehouse first published in 1930. This comedic fiction book is about Jeeves' life. 

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    Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book will take you back and give you a good laugh. Its a great read if you enjoy old school british jest."
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    #47Beatlebone

    Beatlebone

    Beatlebone is a literary fiction novel written by Kevin Barry which is a tale about the Beatles musician John Lennon's attempt to visit his island he bought in 1978. This has won the Goldsmith's Prize.

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    Rakesh Jhadav
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book has a really interesting read about a famous artist. It tells the tale of musician John Lennon's visit to an island he purchased."
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    #48The Quality of Mercy

    The Quality of Mercy

     The Quality of Mercy is a historical mystery fiction book written by Faye Kellerman. This British mystery thriller fiction novel is first published in 1989 by Avon. 

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    Billy Ross
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Quality of Mercy is an interesting book but falls short. It's a thrilling tale however it is a bit unbelievable at times. I would recommend this is you are really interested in the genre. "
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    #49Old Filth

    Old Filth

    Old Filth is a historical fiction and the first book in the series with the same title written by Jane Gardam. It is first published in 2004 by Europa Editions. 

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    Alice Evans
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This review of a life is great at making you really feel for the main character. I felt so strongly at points I had to come back to the book later. The interplay of the main character's life and the world moving around him is fascinating. I'd definitely keep this on my bookshelf."
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    #50Leprechauns Never Lie

    Leprechauns Never Lie

    Leprechauns Never Lie is a fantasy children's book written by Lorna and Lecia Balian. Leprechauns Never Lie was published on February 1, 2004 by Star Bright Books. 

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    Julio César del Ángel
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I bought the newer edition of the book with the updated illustrations for my daughter. They are beautifully painted. I think it has really helped her connect to her Irish heritage. She loves reading it before bed time. I am so happy I am able to share one of my favorite childhood stories with her. "
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    #51The King Of Ireland's Son

    The King Of Ireland's Son

    The King Of Ireland's Son is a fantasy children's book written by Brendan Behan and illustrated by P.J. Lynch. The King Of Ireland's Son was published on March 1, 1997 by Orchard Books. 

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    Jeffrey Watkins
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #52The 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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    Michael Richardson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I found this book very boring. There isn't much Irish to it, aside from characters being Irish. Otherwise just lots of tired cliches and a plot that seems like it's been extremely overdone."
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    #53The People on Privilege Hill

    The People on Privilege Hill

    The People on Privilege Hill is a British fiction book written by Jane Gardam. It is first published in 2007 by Europa Editions.

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    Dennis Rios
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A collection of beautifully written short stories. If you aren't in the mood for anything heavy this is a great collection. It feels very britishy and cultured, but also very whitty and funny. "
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    #54Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka is a children's picture book written by Tomie dePaola. Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka was published on January 14, 2002 by Puffin Books. 

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    Jose Campbell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I needed to find the best British and Irish literary works book. I found Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaola. It's an awesome children's picture book that has beautiful illustrations and a great story. I loved every minute of it and my daughter loves it even more. It's just a great book and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves British and Irish works."
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    #55Fate Twister

    Fate Twister

    Fate Twister: The Story of Wayne Gamm is a young adult novel written by Owen Jones. The book was published in August 2014. It tells the story of Wayne Gamm, a boy who struggled to live an ordinary life because of his family's extraordinary past.

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    Bruce Guerrero
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "A coming of age story about a boy who has to learn to control his magical powers and discover his familial past. The book does nothing new and the characters are generic at best. I found the overall story to be predictable and dull, it doesn't introduce anything worth remembering and the story crawls along with little development and too much exposition."
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    #56An 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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    Anthony Woods
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Very funny and entertaining book, I laugh really hard with this book. Enjoyed it a lot. I can say this is the best British/Irish literary work I have come across and I would be recommending it to people."
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    #57Pagan 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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    Kenneth Rice
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I've always been a fan of British and Irish literature. Some of my favorite books fall into this field. I decided to pick up Pagan Portals: Fairy Witchcraft because of this. I have a a few complaints mostly minor. I found the paper used to be a little fragile and tore easily. Other than that the writing is excellent and the stories written here are very interesting."
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    #58Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato is a children's book written by Tomie dePaola. Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato was published on February 20, 1992 by Putnam Juvenile. 

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    Benjamin Riley
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is interesting for children. It has good illustrations. It will be liked by youngsters."
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    #59Doctor Who: Borrowed Time

    Doctor Who: Borrowed Time

    Doctor Who: Borrowed Time is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Naomi Alderman. Originally published in 2011 by BBC Books, it is the 49th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Grace West
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "What a great book! I just finished reading Doctor Who: Borrowed Time and I think it's one of the best British and Irish literary works that I have read. It's the 49th book in the Doctor Who: New Series Adventures by Naomi Alderman and I think it's one of her best. "
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    #60A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on intelligent Julius who demonstrates how easily couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray each other. 

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    Tammy Montgomery
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Beautifully written story. It is really captivating by showing you all sides of human nature."
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    #61Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel

    Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel

    Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Naomi Alderman. Originally published in 2011 by BBC Books, it is the 47th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Danielle Johnston
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I wouldn't call this THE best British and Irish literary work. It's a Doctor Who NSA, which are always fun reads. This one follows the 11th doctor, Amy and Rory and deals with Weeping Angels, which are always scary fun! It's a great novel for what it is, just not the best in the category."
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    #62Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below is a classic historical fiction and the third book in To the Ends of the Earth trilogy written by William Golding. It is first published in 1989. 

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    Benjamin Richards
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "My daughter read this book for her literature class and she said she really enjoyed it. She even bought a copy for her friend's birthday so that she can read it too. It's a very good book "
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    #63The Black Prince

    The Black Prince

    The Black Prince is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on unsuccessful novelist Bradley Pearson as he faces the struggles in his life at the age of 50. 

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    Ethan Hall
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A very interesting character study. This book was great to read over some period of time. The narrative is interesting and keeps the reader engaged. It also captures it's setting well and the cast of characters in interesting."
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    #64Doctor Who: The King's Dragon

    Doctor Who: The King's Dragon

    Doctor Who: The King's Dragon is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 41st book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Frances Williams
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Any Doctor Who fan is going to love this work! As with all the other Doctor Who books in the series this one is great. The books are even better than the television show, I think any real Doctor Who fan needs to read all of the books, including this one!"
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    #65Selected Poems: Rogha Danta

    Selected Poems: Rogha Danta

    Selected Poems: Rogha Dánta is a contemporary Irish literature written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and translated by Michael Hartnett. This was originally published in 1986.

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    Tyler Contreras
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good collection of British and Irish literary works and found Selected Poems: Rogha Danta. This is a very captivating and well-written collection of poems. This book also has an British and Irish version, satisfying that need. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre. "

Summary

Best What are the best British and Irish literary works
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Great ExpectationsBooks 51 Paid
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 48 Paid
3Jane EyreBooks 44 Paid
4The Lord of the RingsBooks 42 Paid
5Harry Potter SeriesBooks 41 Paid
6The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 40 Paid
7Animal FarmBooks 37 Paid
8The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 35 Paid
91984Books 32 Paid
10A Christmas CarolBooks 30 Paid
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