Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day all year long! If you are in the mood for a historical novel set in Ireland, the library has many titles ready to wet your whistle. Even when set against the realities of social and political turmoil, the love and laughter of the Irish people shine through.
- Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
- Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show: A Novel by Frank Delaney
- The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
- The Yellow House: A Novel by Patricia Falvey
- Dubliners by James Joyce
- The Wild Irish: A Novel by Robin Maxwell
- My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain
- Only the River Runs Free by Bodie Thoene
- Love and Summer by William Trevor
- The Fall of Light by Niall Williams
This is a "good enough" list but not comprehensive of the best of historical fiction set in Ireland. Plus it missed mentioning the new novel of ancient Ireland, Bending The Boyne. This fresh take de-constructs Irish myth in a setting with bang-on accuracy of detail, and won the Next Generation Indie Award 2011 for historical fiction.
Perhaps the 2012 list will be more accurate?
Thank you for your comment and sharing your love of the book Bending of the Boyne. Unfortunately, the Denver Public Library does not own this book. If you feel we should, I recommend submitting a Purchase Request through Request It. Because we don't own the book, it is unlikely to appear in any blog lists, this year or next. One of the major purposes of our blogs is highlighting the material that the Denver Public Library owns and that our customers can easily obtain.
Once again, thanks for reading the blogs and keeping me on my toes!
If you're interested in reading about Ireland during World War II, or the 'Emergency' as it was known in neutral Ireland, you might enjoy A Parachute in the LIme Tree by Annemarie Neary, just published by The History Press Ireland. Great story, vividly told, about a fascinating period when the country felt itself under threat of invasion from either side. Highly recommended. Available in paperback or e-book. Published in Ireland/UK but we got the e-book through Amazon.