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 Bocht—The 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)
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