Suggested reading for the 2011 Ireland Challenge

Here’s a HUGE list of suggested authors and titles in case you’re joining – or thinking about joining – the 2011 Ireland Reading Challenge.

Titles I’ve reviewed:

Far From the Land: An Irish Memoir by Thomas J. Rice – my review

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor – my review

The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri – my review

The Likeness by Tana French – my review

Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delaney – my review

My other favorites:

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

Trinity by Leon Uris

Titles read and reviewed by last year’s challenge participants:

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion by Morgan Llywelyn

The Agnes Browne Trilogy by Brendan O’Carroll

Alexandra, Gone by Anna McPartlin

Apologzie, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly

The Beth Book by Sarah Grand

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Great Irish Short Stories

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill

I’ll Know It When I See It: A Daughter’s Search for Home in Ireland by Alice Carey

In the Woods by Tana French

The Last Illusion by Rhys Bowen

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Loving and Giving by Molly Keane

The Music Lesson by Katharine Weber

My Lady Judge by Cora Harrison

The O’Hara Affair by Kate Thompson

Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth

A Secret and Unlawful Killing by Cora Harrison

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

Sex, Lies, and Fairytales by Kate Thompson

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts

The Wild Sight by Loucinda McGary

Irish authors:

Cecilia Ahern
John Banville (also writes under Benjamin Black)
Samuel Beckett
Brendan Behan
Maeve Binchy
Thomas Cahill
Eoin Colfer
Seamus Deane
Frank Delaney
Siobhan Dowd
Roddy Doyle
Anne Enright
Patricia Falvey
Tana French
Andrew Greeley
Seamus Heaney
James Joyce
Patrick Kavanaugh
Cathy Kelly
Mary Pat Kelly
Marian Keyes
Antonia Logue
Colum McCann
Pete McCarthy
Frank McCourt
John McGahern
Eoin McNamee
Edna O’Brien
Flann O’Brien
Brendan O’Carroll
Sean O’Reilly
John Patrick Shanley
Christine Shea
Bram Stoker
Colm Toibin
Patrick Taylor
Oscar Wilde
Robert McLiam Wilson
W.B. Yeats

Megan at Po(sey) Sessions pointed me to this database of science fiction and fantasy set in Ireland.

Now there’s no room for “I don’t know what I’d read” when it comes to the Ireland Challenge! Click over and join – I dare you. 🙂

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6 Responses to Suggested reading for the 2011 Ireland Challenge

  1. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Great list and I happen to have a few of them. Just picked up The Snake’s Pass by Bram Stoker and go In the Wood by Tana French for my birthday. Thanks.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I’ve read so few of these but that means I have much to look forward to!

  3. Tena says:

    I am going to look over this list and than head over to join the challenge