Top 5 Irish Books from the Past Year

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With Reading Ireland Month aka Begorrathon (hosted by the wonderful Cathy at 746 Books and Niall at The Fluff is Raging) kicking off, I’m trying to decide what books I will read. While trying to decide I took a look back at my favourite Irish books from the past year.

1. A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

517aoFLZWZLJohn Boyne is best known for his children’s book The Boy in the Stripped Pyjama’s, however he is an equally accomplished writer of adult books. A History of Loneliness explores the issue of clerical child abuse which has shaken the belief of many in Ireland. Told from the perspective of Odran, a priest for 30 years, the book explores how someone who has dedicated his life to the Church must face the reality of the failings of the institution he serves, and the role he may have played.

Rating:

5 star

2. All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

all-that-is-solid-melts-into-airIreland is currently going through a bit of a golden era, with a number of new voices joining those of more established authors. One such new voice is Darragh McKeon who’s debut novel explores the Chernobyl disaster from the perspective of three families and its ramifications in the final years of the Soviet Union.

Rating:

4 star

3. The Green Road by Anne Enright

green_road_cover_3297194aAnne Enright is currently Ireland’s inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. In her latest novel she explores the Irish family and how we are shaped by the events of our childhood, long after we have left the family home. We also see a dramatically changing Ireland from the dark days of the 1980’s to the heady heights of the Celtic Tiger.

Rating:

5 star

4. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

IMG_0935Another new voice on the Irish literature scene, in her much lauded debut Louise O’Neill explores the issues and pressures placed on teenage girls by modern society. A must read for all young adults.

Rating:

5 star

5. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

IMG_0936In Louise O’Neill’s second novel she asks us what we consider rape and what we understand by consent. Is rape just something that happens in dark alleys? Or is it something that happens to girls too drunk to give consent, perpetrated by their friends? Another must read for all young adults and indeed many adults.

Rating:

5 star

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