Short Saturday: Overlooked Irish Novels

As you might imagine, I devote a significant portion of my pleasure-reading time to the books of Irish authors. I particularly like the fiction of Roddy Doyle (Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha) and William Trevor (The Story of Lucy Gault) and—oh, I could go on and on. But these are titles that come to the attention of Americans.

So when I stumbled on this list earlier this year, I was delighted. It is billed as works by Irish authors “which might not receive sufficient attention overseas.” I’ll be sure to look for these in the local bookshops! (By the way, I have read one on this list: number 7, An Béal BochtThe Poor Mouth in English. I’ve also read O’Nolan’s The Third Policeman and At Swim-Two-Birds, which was purely wonderful and laugh-out-loud funny.)

UPDATE: To my chagrin, the original source has removed this list. I can reconstruct a few of them (in no particular order), because I used it to shop with. I know these seven titles were on that list. How I wish I’d listed them in this post! My apologies.

• After the Rising (Orna Ross)
• The Gathering (Anne Enright)
• The Last September (Elizabeth Bowen)
• Good Behavior (Molly Keane)
• The Land of Spices (Kate O’Brien)
• Langrishe, Go Down (Aidan Higgins)
• An Béal Bocht (Brian O’Nolan)

Tweet: Irish novelist who might not receive sufficient attention overseas.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted in Books You Might Like | Tagged as: , , , , , | Bookmark the permalink | Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

One Trackback

  1. By The Great Irish Lit Wallow on 12 March, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    […] its literature.*** So a couple years ago I wandered around Dublin from bookstore to bookstore with a list in my hand, bought a bunch of books, and proceeded to read many of them in […]