10 Irish Authors

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

If you’re looking for some Irish literary inspiration then here’s 10 Irish authors to get you started:

Dracula Bram Stoker author of the classic gothic novel Dracula. Brilliant in its suspense and inspiration to so much of our horror and thriller popular culture. Written primarily as a diary it’s hard not to be drawn into the world where Dracula exists, and If you haven’t read it you need to. Don’t just see the films.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Dubliner Oscar Wild is best known for The Picture of Dorian Gray which caused quite a stir when it was published in 1890, and the much performed play The Importance of Being Ernest.
Ulysses James Joyce set his best known work Ulysses in the city he was born in, Dublin. Often listed on ‘Best Books’ lists Ulysses has also had its fair share of controversy, finding itself on the list of Banned Books in Australia, continuing to be restricted to those 18+ until 1953!
Angela's Ashes While Frank McCourt may have been born in America with his heritage  he’s still counted as a great Irish writer.  The work he is best known for is the Pulitzer Prize winning Angela’s Ashes.  Angela’s Ashes is a McCourt’s memoir of his childhood in Brooklyn, his farther’s drinking issues and the struggles of his mother, Angela to keep the family alive.
The Gathering Anne Enright, another Dublin born author, is best known for her novel The Gathering which brought her to international attention when it won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. Crossing three generations The Gathering is an emotional journey as a death leads to the uncovering of family secrets long brushed under the rug.
The Sea Wexford born John Banville is another Irish Book Award and Booker Prize winner.  With his 2005 novel The Sea taking both awards, and his latest, Ancient Light has also won the Irish Book Award in the novel category.
The Mystery of Mercy Close Marian Keyes has written many a novel perfect for a rainy afternoon on the couch, and her latest The Mystery of Mercy Close is no different (even spending a number of weeks on our Top 10 Bestsellers list). So if your looking for a new light read your sure to find something from Marian to read.
Room Emma Donoghue leapt to international attention when her novel Room won the Irish Book Award and was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 2010.  Room isn’t a feel good book you’d read for a nice afternoon’s escape. It’s hard going in places, but it’s a well written story demonstrating the courage of the human spirit.
Chronicles of Narnia The man who brought us the Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, was born in Belfast. The world of Narnia first reached through the wardrobe is a great adventure for kids. I like many others longed for my wardrobe to open into a magical world, while my favourite in the series is Prince CaspianIf you didn’t read this as a kid and read it as an adult I’m not sure you’ll find it as exciting as you would have.
Artemis Fowl I rate Eion Colfer over J.K. Rowling. Big call I know, but I’m a fan of all his books for teens / young adults, especially the Artemis Fowl series. Book 1 in the series, Artemis Fowl, is an exciting and well written and one that both boys, girls and adults will enjoy (don’t believe me read a review here).
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