Books by Irish Authors – What I’ve Read So Far

Ireland is an island booming with talent. When it comes to books, I haven’t been admiring it properly, though, since I’ve only read six books by Irish authors, two of them by the same writer. Having such a short sample to pick from, it wouldn’t be fair to choose favourites for my first post during Reading Ireland Month, hosted by Cathy throughout March. Instead, I’m sharing a summary of my experience reading books by Irish authors.


The Glorious Heresies and The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

The first book I read by Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies, follows five characters: Ryan, Maureen, Jimmy, Tony and Georgie. Their paths cross when Maureen accidentally kills a man. Throughout the book, various topics, including religiosity, prostitution, dysfunctional families and drug dealing, are engagingly explored. The characters also feel genuine.

The Blood Miracles, on the other hand, is not as impressive. Despite Ryan being the sole protagonist, his feelings are not as poignant and thoughtful as in the previous novel. Too much focus is placed on drug trafficking and nightclubs.


Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell was born in Northern Ireland and has Irish and British citizenship. Set in the 16th century, Hamnet was the best book I read last year. It’s a fictional story about the death of the son of a famous playwright, William Shakespeare, who is never mentioned by his name. That choice is spot on, as the events unfolding could have happened to any family. The spotlight is also mainly on Agnes. Her desperation to keep her children safe is tangible, and her grief is powerfully and convincingly portrayed.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker wrote what probably is the most famous story about a vampire – Dracula. Jonathan Harker is invited to Transylvania by Count Dracula to provide him with advice about houses in London. His stay there deeply traumatises him. When the Count leaves for England, strange events start to unfold. Consisting of diary entries, documents, news pieces and letters, this novel is not overwhelmingly scary, but an atmosphere of horror occasionally takes over.


Dubliners by James Joyce

A collection of 15 short stories, Dubliners by James Joyce is a portrayal of various moments in the lives of some of Dublin’s inhabitants at the beginning of the 20th century. Although I was not enthralled by the writing style, I enjoyed some of the stories, including ‘Eveline’ and ‘A Little Cloud’.


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one of my favourite classics. Afraid of losing his beauty, Dorian Gray sells his soul to ensure that his picture and not himself ages and decays. The libertine lifestyle he then pursues has dire consequences. It’s certainly a haunting book.

What other books by Irish authors do you think I should read? Tell me in the comments!


8 thoughts on “Books by Irish Authors – What I’ve Read So Far

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    Short but good list I’d say! Like you, I was very impressed with The Glorious Heresies but less so with the follow-up. There is a third one out now The Rules of Revelation and I suspect I won’t be able to resist giving it a go.

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  2. Lauren says:

    I really enjoyed The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne and Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books (my favorite is Faithful Place). Tana French was not born in Ireland, but she has Irish ancestry and has lived there for years. This is my first comment–I really enjoy your posts! We like similar books, and I am always eager to learn what you have enjoyed reading.

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    • Susana_S_F says:

      Thank you for your comment! I remember many people raving about The Heart’s Invisible Furies a few years ago. It’s good to know that you enjoyed it as well!


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