Can you recommend some writers from Ireland for me to read?

Can you recommend some writers from Ireland for me to read?

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Posted Fri 10 Feb 2017 3:51 PM
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Ireland is known as the land of saints and scholars, and for good reason. It has produced some of the most impressive and prolific writers in the world – not bad for a small island on the edge of Europe! I love writing that comes from Ireland, so I'm looking for suggestions of new books and writers to try out.

Personally, I adore the classics – Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of my favourites, and I've seen Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" live on stage. I even made an attempt to read "Ulysses" by James Joyce, but it's a very long book and I couldn't quite finish it! Am I missing out on any other classics from Ireland?

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Out of the more modern writers from Ireland, I've loved Seamus Heaney's collected poetry – "Digging" is one of my favourites, and I'm looking forward to getting more immersed in his collections. I also read a little of Belfast-born poet Sinéad Morrissey, and recently I finished "The Gathering" by Anne Enright, which won the Man Booker prize – it was absolutely excellent! Are there any other contemporary gems I should invest in to read?


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Great post!

I agree with you on Joyce's "Ulysses", Samuel :) But if you manage to get past the chapter without punctuation marks, you can survive anything being thrown at you, literature-wise of course.

Right now I am reading "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy" by Laurence Sterne. Very witty, very funny. Very quintessentially Irish, in that perspective. I'm not very far in it yet, so I can't be more elaborate in my review, but I can already thoroughly recommend it. As can the Guardian :) 
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Hi, For me Ulysses is the best book ever, although I never have read it in English, I'm Dutch, so I have read it in Dutch for about 7 times, all the different Dutch translations.
I also love the poems of Seamus Heaney, most of all Saint Patrick and the blackbird.
Two years ago I was in Ireland and saw the great singer/songwriter John Spillane at the Doolin Folk Festival. When I came to Cork I bought his book and it's full of humor.
I also love the books of the dutch writer Marten Toonder, who lived a long time in Greystones. Ireland has been a great influence at his work.


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