Books I’ve Added to my Wish List during #readingirelandmonth22

My first time taking part in Reading Ireland Month, hosted by Cathy, is not being as productive as I anticipated. I’ve only recently started reading my first book for it (One by One in the Darkness by Deirdre Madden, which I’m enjoying) and have not followed the posts by other bloggers as closely as I hoped. Nevertheless, I’ve still added various books by Irish authors to my wish list since the beginning of March.

Almost all the books below were written by authors whom I’ve never heard of before to my great shame. They are novels, novellas and a collection of short stories mostly focused on families or personal experiences, which also paint a picture of life in Ireland at various points in time.


Foster by Claire Keegan

Claire Keegan is an Irish author whose name I was already familiar with. Her book Small Things Like These has been on my wish list since late last year. Thanks to Reading Ireland Month, it now has the company of Foster, a novella about a young girl who is sent to live with a foster family on a farm in rural Ireland. Her life begins to improve while in their care, but a revelation changes everything once again. The emotional depth of the book is supposed to be outstanding.


These Days by Lucy Caldwell

Set in 1941 as Belfast is destroyed by relentless bombings, These Days by Lucy Caldwell focuses on two sisters – Emma and Audrey. One is engaged to be married, the other is on a secret relationship with a woman. The book portrays four days in their lives.


Good Behaviour by Molly Keane

The main character in Good Behaviour by Molly Keane is part of an Anglo-Irish family that is losing its importance. Aroon has always acted selflessly, but that may be about to change as she recalls her past. Through the story of a family, the book paints a picture of Irish society in the 20th century.


Tea at Four O’clock by Janet McNeill

Tea at Four O’clock by Janet McNeill is the story of a family told from the perspective of Laura. After the death of her older sister, whom she cared for, Laura recalls her life and unearths the truth about her family – the father she always loathed, her oppressive sister and the brother who left the house decades earlier.


The Quiet Whispers Never Stop by Olivia Fitzsimons

Although The Quiet Whispers Never Stop by Olivia Fitzsimons is only going to be published next month, it has already caught my attention. It tells the story of a mother and a daughter. Nuala Malin would love to escape her daily life, her husband and the way she lives in Northern Ireland in 1982. Twelve years later, Sam feels equally stuck.


Dance Move by Wendy Erskine

In the collection of short stories Dance Move by Wendy Erskine, various characters try to assume control of their lives. The past hasn’t faded yet, though.

What books by Irish authors have you added recently to your wish list? Tell me in the comments!


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