What are the best must-read Irish books?

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    #1Angela'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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    Jessica Bishop
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is okay, but a bit overrated since it was so popular. It is a good read, but not one I would include amongst the best"
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    #2In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad)

    In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad)
    In the Woods by Tana French is the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad Series. This psychological suspense novel is published in 2007. The story's setting took place in Dublin, Ireland wherein a series of murder incidents happened.

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    Billy Ray
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "In the woods is one of the best books I've read all year. It kept me guessing straight up to the end of the book and I couldn't put it down. I devoured the entire thing and immediately put in an order for the rest of the series."
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    #3The 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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    David Reid
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde is a legendary poet and playwright, as evidenced in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the vital Irish books you'll find. I have read this multiple times over the years and continue to be amazed at Wilde's biting wit and brilliant use of language. For $5 there's no excuse to leave this out of your collection."
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    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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    Pamela Salazar
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I did not enjoy this book at all and found it very hard to read. I found it very complex and difficult for me to understand and follow the story line. The writing style of the author was very elaborate and I was not sure I understood some of the references."
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    #5The 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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    Rachel Murphy
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "One of the best Irish book ever written is The Secret Scripture. The author, Sebastian Barry writes about love , passion and hope in an intriguing way. A highly recommended read."
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    #6The 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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    Aanya Sarin
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats will keep you warm on cold nights in your cottage. You'll receive hours of inspiration from Yeats' tales of Irish myth, love poems and nature verse. The bard of Celtic Twilight will brightly reveal the Irish legends to you."
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    #7Faithful Place

    Faithful Place

    Faithful Place is a book by Tana French that tells a story of Rosie and Frank. They are lovers who set to run away and live in England but when that day came, Rosie did not show up. Years later investigator Frank will find her.


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    Summer Gao
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Not only am I a sucker for romance but I also love me some mystery.The novel faithful place Provide just that experience by telling a rubric tell of two lovers try to find each other through trials of investigation"
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    #8The 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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    María de Lourdes Vásquez
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is a great dark comedy book. The author has a great way of keeping you on your toes with the unexpected"
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    #9A 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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    Susan Russell
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a brilliant piece of art.. "
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    #10The Commitments (The Barrytown)

    The Commitments (The Barrytown)

    The Commitments is written by Roddy Doyle and is the first book in The Barrytown Trilogy. This book is published in 1987. It portrays the life of the young unemployed people from Ireland who creates a soul band.


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    Timothy Crawford
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This is a stellar working class story about the Irish and is a fantastic read! I love the author as he has a lot of great books that only he could write. The stories encapsulated here are really worthwhile, with awesomely developed characters and a great twist. I would definitely consider this among must-read books."
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    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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    Carlos Zúñiga
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love this author! And I loved this book! She never fails to deliver. Great story, here. Great read."
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    #12How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History Series)

    How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History Series)
    This book narrates how Europe evolved from the classical age, where Rome and its empire ruled, to the medieval era, in which Ireland had a vital role, as its monks and scribes were in charge of copying everything that happened and it was in Ireland where the seeds of culture started spreading all over Europe. 

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    Arnav Rathore
    Written on April 6, 2018
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    #13The 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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    Tiffany Morrison
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "There's a bit of fantasy and normality in The Water Horse. It features both ancient Irish gods and current mythical beings that occupy Ireland. While the book is fiction, it does have some great historical fiction entwined in the tale. I think it's fun for both fantasy and history lovers!"
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    #14The 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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    Rubén Hernández
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This was a pretty good read. The action moved a little slow at times but mostly well written. Beautiful imagery and interesting characters make this one that is worth the time."
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    #15Sushi 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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    Megan Harvey
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I think Sushi for Beginners is adorable. I and my book club members read Sushi for Beginners, and when we discussed its lit, we were lighthearted and content. I comfortable to iterate that Sushi for Beginners is the best must-read Irish book."
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    #16The 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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    Arnav Pawar
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Anne Enright is a dazzling writer of international stature and one of Ireland’s most singular voices. Now she delivers The Gathering, a moving, evocative portrait of a large Irish family and a shot of fresh blood into the Irish literary tradition, combining the lyricism of the old with the shock of the new. It is about nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea."
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    #17An 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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    Bruce Graham
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "An Embarrassment of Riches (The Irish Lottery) is a very heartwarming and charming Irish story. I loved the humor of the story and learning of the culture. Great read for all."


Best What are the best must-read Irish books
1Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 24 Paid
2In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad)Books 22 Paid
3The Importance of Being EarnestBooks 20 Paid
4UlyssesBooks 20 Paid
5The Secret ScriptureBooks 18 Paid
6The Collected Poems of W.B. YeatsBooks 7 Paid
7Faithful PlaceBooks 7 Paid
8The Third PolicemanBooks 5 Paid
9A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManBooks 5 Paid
10The Commitments (The Barrytown)Books 3 Paid

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