Ireland is known as the land of saints and scholars, and that’s still ringing true in the 21st Century. Some of the best books I’ve written have been by Irish authors, and there’s always time to celebrate their amazing work. Today just happens to be a more well known one.
Below is a (in no way finite) list of some great books by Irish authors. These come personally approved, and you have to check them out.
Asking For It by Louise O Neill
A harrowing account of a young girl’s rape and its aftermath – especially in her small town.
PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
When Holly’s husband dies, he leaves her a series of notes to help her work through her grief.
Good Girls Don’t by Claire Hennessy
Emily is a textbook rebel, her friends are a “bad influence”, but it seems all is not well among the group.
Watermelon by Marian Keyes
Claire is living the dream in London, with a great job and a man she adores – until an unexpected pregnancy throws it all in disarray.
The Call by Peader O Guilin
You have three minutes and 14 seconds to outrun a dangerous mythical tribe.
Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna
Three young orphaned children travel across famine-stricken Ireland in search of two gran-aunts their mother told them of.
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
When JJ Liddy’s mother asks for “time” as her birthday gift, he finds a land where time is merely an idea.
Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan
Ces and her mother have finally broken free of Ces’ abusive father, and now she’s free to concentrate on her dream of becoming a tattoo artist.
The Hiring Fair by Elizabeth O Hara
To help sustain their family following the death of their father, Sally and Katie are sold as slaves to a local well-to-do family.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Bruno and Schmuel form a bond by having the same birthday – over a barbed wire fence at a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.