The 20 Greatest Irish Authors of all Time

By September 12, 2015 March 16th, 2018 Discussion and Recommendations

In our latest poll we asked you who your favourite Irish author of all time is. For the purposes of this poll we’re covering geographical Ireland, so both The Republic or Ireland, and Northern Ireland. As always your replies were plentiful and collating them left us with twenty stand out authors for our list.

Here is our list, according to you these are the twenty greatest Irish authors of all time.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy Snell was a hugely popular novelist from the Republic of Ireland, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide and securing her top place in our favourite Irish authors list.

Oscar Wilde

Probably the most quotable writer of all, Wilde lived a colourful life and his novels and controversy live on today, he comes a very close second in our list.

Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes is one of the most popular memoirs of our time and a Pulitzer Prize winner to boot. Not strictly Irish, born in New York, he still secured third place on our list.

W. B Yeats

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, born in 1865 and from the Republic of Ireland, whose work is still popular today.

James Joyce

James Joyce was an Irish poet and novelist from Dublin, Ireland and is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the early twentieth century. You certainly seemed to agree, giving him a place on our list!

So that’s our top five Irish authors of all time and completing our top ten is:

Anne McCaffrey
Cecilia Ahern
Patrick Taylor
Marian Keyes
Colm Toibin

And so many of you commented, it seemed a shame not to include the final ten authors who got the most votes, and they are:

Bram Stoker
C. S Lewis
Eoin Colfer
Tana French
Brendan Behan
Colum McCann
George Bernard Shaw
John Barnville
Jonathon Swift
Roddy Doyle

So there it is according to you, the twenty greatest Irish authors of all time!

Five Brilliant Books by Irving Wallace

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Irving Wallace (March 19, 1916 – June 29, 1990) was an American bestselling author and screenwriter, best known for his heavily researched novels, many with a sexual theme.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family from Russia (Wallace is an Americanised version of Wallechinsky), Wallace developed an interest in writing early in life. As a teenager he sold his stories to magazines, before serving in the Frank Capra unit during the Second World War.

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John Green Launched ‘Life’s Library’ International Bookclub

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John Green, young adult author and avid reader, noticed how much more enjoyable reading became when he had someone to discuss the literature with. Along with his friend and colleague Rosianna Halse Rojas, he decided to start an online book club where fellow readers could read along and join in discussions wherever they were. The book club, Life’s Library, has proven to be incredibly popular and- unlike many online subscription bookclubs- is successfully raising money for charity thanks to the generosity of Green and Rojas.

The triple-levelled membership rates offer a choice for every budget- from $25 (includes the chosen book, gifts, and discussion materials), $10 (includes discussion materials), and $0 (which includes the ability to join in the discussion via an invite to their Discord chat). Each book is read and discussed for six weeks before moving on to the next. The book club’s first shared read was Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1937

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the 1930s now. Today we’re documenting the ten bestselling books of 1937, and what you were reading instead.

1937 was the year the Hindenburg crashed down over New Jersey, the year Amelia Earhart vanished on her attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world, and the year that the Marihuana Tax Act started the move towards the criminalisation of the drug in the US.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1937 as the world, unbeknown sat on the brink of World War II. We’re also featuring some well known books that didn’t make the cut!

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1936

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the 1930s now. Today we’re documenting the ten bestselling books of 1936, and what you were reading instead.

1936 was the year that President Roosevelt was voted in for a second term, the year that Jesse Owens won four golds at the Berlin Olympics, and King Edward VIII abdicated the crown to marry Wallis Simpson.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1936 as the storm clouds collected before World War II. We’re also featuring some well known books that didn’t make the cut!

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: March 2019

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Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts, including some books that have featured heavily in the Top 20 every month. We hope you find something that interests you.

Here are the top 20 books for March, chosen by you!

With our new reading challenge for 2019 inspired by authors’ birthdays, you may find each month this affects the books voted for and we may see authors appearing in the Top 20 during their birthday months.  Read More

The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1935

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the 1930s now. Today we’re documenting the ten bestselling books of 1935, and what you were reading instead.

1935 was the year the Depression continued, increasing unemployment to more than 20%, Jews were stripped of their citizenship, and Mussolini attacked Ethiopia, you can see why people might have wanted to escape into books.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1935 as the storm clouds collected before World War II. We’re also featuring some well known books that didn’t make the cut!

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1934

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the 1930s now. Today we’re documenting the ten bestselling books of 1934, and what you were reading instead.

1934 was the year that brought us Flash Gordon, more from Nazi Germany, and the Gothenburg prize for both Kipling and Yeats.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1934 and the heady days before World War II. We’re also featuring some well known books that didn’t make the cut!

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