Books Set in Ireland – Five Novels to Read Before You Travel

If you are traveling to Ireland, you will undoubtedly aware of the rich literary tradition of the country. Almost everywhere you go there are references to Irish writers like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. And even today, somehow the Irish seem to be able to tell a story better than just about anyone else. – Whether in written form, or simply through a chat in the pub

Thus, when a trip to The Emerald Isle on the agenda, it is almost mandatory for a number of books in Ireland read on travel. But what if you need to read Joyce ‘Ulysses’ is not quite your cup of tea? Here is a series of novels that will take you the length and breadth of Ireland, and give you a real taste of life over the years in this country with passion and history.

“The Mammy” Brendan O’Carroll

If you want to know more about Dublin in the 1960s, when the story of the widow Agnes Browne and her seven children will. This is the working class Ireland with all its misery, laughter and alcoholic father, and the best news is that the book is the first of a trilogy. The next time you are approached by a brutal Dublin boy (and there are many!) Can you think yourself back to Agnes and her offspring.

“Little Criminals” by Gene Kerrigan

And now to Dublin in contemporary times. The country has had its economic miracle and everyone is an entrepreneur, even the criminals. Frankie Crowe has an arrangement to earn himself some money, plan to abduct a wealthy banker and set himself for life. Although this is only a cops and robbers novel might be, Kerrigan does a lot of the underbelly of Dublin life, and the social changes that have taken place portray recent years.

“Juno and Juliet ‘by Julian Gough

If you decide to Galway (and I highly encourage you to do so), this novel is a of the few that has been set. This story of identical twins during their first year at university sees them adapt to life in the city, drinking in bars and attending classes from time to time. It’s a coming of age story in which Galway itself is one of the main characters.

“the whereabouts of Eneas McNulty” by Sebastian Barry

The tensions around the Irish struggle for independence lie at the heart of this novel set in the center of Sligo in Ireland north -west. If a marked man, he goes on the run, and while the novel follows Eneas from country to country, he sneaks back to Sligo when he can. A fascinating look at 20th century Ireland, through a character to exist has become a victim of the struggle of his country.

“Pomegranate Soup” by Marsha Mehran

In this novel we see a different kind of migration – the story of three Iranian sisters to an Irish village in the 1980s . It’s not often you get a food-lit story set in Ireland but Pomegranate Soup is just that, with its celebration of Persian cuisine. As expected from the villagers for a while to adjust to this foreign influence in their local pubs, and despite the focus of the novel about a different culture, it provides many details of Irish life and landscape for those trying to learn more about the country.

There are many stereotypes about the Irish, but as a traveler you have the opportunity to go beyond the surface of the Irish culture and see what lies beneath. Lecture in Ireland will help you do that, revealing details of the Irish streets and cities, hope and history – and when you visit the mentioned places, you will feel like you just that little bit better than when you arrived more alien .

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