8 Must-Read Books from Irish Writers

Instead of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and corned beef, why not listen to a story by one of Ireland’s great writers? Here are a few recommendations:

A Few of the Girls

A glorious collection of the very best of Maeve Binchy’s short-story writing. Included are stories from several decades—some published in magazines, others written for friends as gifts, many for charity benefits—all filled with her signature warmth and humor.
Listen to an excerpt A FEW OF THE GIRLS

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The Sea
Author: John Banville
Read By: John Lee

Max Morden, a middle-aged, recently widowed Irishman has moved back to the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child. It is a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of life without his wife. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he first experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death.
Listen to an excerpt THE SEA

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Thirteen Ways of Looking
Author: Colum McCann
Read By: Colum McCann

“The irreducible mystery of human experience ties this small collection together, and in each of these stories McCann explores that theme in some strikingly effective ways.” –Washington Post
Listen to an excerpt THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING

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Dubliners

It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language—James Joyce’s unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early-twentieth-century Dublin.
Listen to an excerpt DUBLINERS

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The Secret Place

Tana French, “the most interesting, most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (Washington Post), writes an addicting mystery about the dark underworld of a teenage girls’ boarding school.
Listen to an excerpt THE SECRET PLACE

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The Glorious Heresies

Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies is the unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation awaits in the most unexpected places.
Listen to an excerpt THE GLORIOUS HERESIES

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The Guts

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he’s now approaching fifty, with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.
Listen to an excerpt GUTS

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The Lesser Bohemians

One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man—a well-regarded actor in his own right. She is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, and he is haunted by more than a few demons. The clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.
Listen to an excerpt THE LESSER BOHEMIANS

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