Top 5 Irish Books from the Past Year

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 John Boyne is best known for his children’s … Continue reading Top 5 Irish Books from the Past Year

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Born in the Dublin slums of 1901, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he’s out robbing and begging, often cold and always hungry, but a prince of the streets. By Easter Monday, 1916, he’s fourteen years old and already six-foot-two, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. A … Continue reading A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. … Continue reading Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

The Green Road by Anne Enright

Spanning thirty years and three continents, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigan family, and her four children.
Ardeevin, County Clare, Ireland. 1980. When her oldest brother Dan announces he will enter the priesthood, young Hanna watches her mother howl in agony and retreat to her room. In the years that follow, the Madigan children leave one by one: Dan for … Continue reading The Green Road by Anne Enright

All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

Under a crimson dawn sky, Artyom Telvatnikov stands in a field of cows, his fingertips glistening with warm blood that streams from their ears.It is April 1986, and ten miles away, above the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, clusters of sparks fill the air, inflaming the final years of the Soviet Union, inciting its citizens to actions of brutality, mystery and terrible beauty. Grigory, a surgeon … Continue reading All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken

Set amidst the Cromwellian Invasions, “Seek the Fair Wind” begins in 1641. Dominick McMahon, a merchant by trade, has little appetite for fighting, yet is forced to defend his town against Cromwell’s army. From dark city streets to wild mountains, from vicious slaughter to triumphant faith, from selfish obedience to heroic opposition – this novel paints a vivid portrait of the struggles of the Irish people … Continue reading Seek the Fair Land by Walter Macken

Happy 150th WB Yeats

Anyone with an interest in Irish literature or even anyone who follows an Irish book blog will be aware that today is WB Yeats 150th birthday. If James Joyce is the father of Irish literature then WB Yeats is the father of Irish poetry. Poet, leader of the Gaelic revival, founder of the national theater the Abbey and senator in the newly founded Irish state, … Continue reading Happy 150th WB Yeats