The 20 Greatest Irish Authors of all Time

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!

The Bestselling Fiction of the Last One Hundred Years: 1918

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We’re starting a new blog series today, and it’s likely to be a while until we finish it. We’re going to cover the bestselling fiction of the last one hundred years, one year at a time.

Each list will be ten books, the ten bestselling books of the last one hundred years and as we’re still in 2018 (just) we’re starting with 1918.

As the lists continue you’ll see trends through the years as popular authors shine through, but for today it’s the ten bestselling books of 1918.

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6 Best Books About Pearl Harbor

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On December 7th, 1941 at 7:48am, the Japanese Navy launched an air strike on a United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. In the attack more than 2,400 American servicemen were killed forcing the United States into World War II.

To mark the date, we’re making some recommendations today, if you’d like to know more about this event with books that offer an in-depth look into the day, its personal impact and its place in history.

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The New York Times Best Books of 2018

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The New York Times is generally a respected source for those looking for book recommendations and we trust their judgement, so when we saw today they had announced their Top Ten Books of 2018 we knew we’d have to share it with you.

We’ve seen many of these books recommended across a variety of sources this year, including recommendations from you, so without further ado here are the top ten books of 2018, according to the New York Times.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: December 2018

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Another month has flown by and it’s time for a new Top 20, the final Top 20 of 2018. 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 December, chosen by you! Read More

John Boyne Chooses His Favourite Reads of 2018

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During an event for Birmingham Literature Festival with John Boyne, he explained that he reads around 120 books a year and believes it is a key part of being a writer. The books he reads each year include many published that year. As Christmas fast approaches, Boyne has taken to Twitter to treated us all to his pick of the best books published in 2018 that he has read this year. In no particular order, these are the book Boyne recommends:
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NYPL Best Books of 2018: Books for Kids

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Every year the New York Public Library curates a selection of recommended reads selected by their expert librarians. The books encompass an array of genres, diverse stories and inspiring ideas with the top ten books for adults, teens and kids included.

This weekend we’re going to feature all three lists to give you some recommendations. Today we have the kids list ranging from picture books to middle-grade fiction, graphic novels, folklore & fairy tales, poetry, and nonfiction.

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NYPL Best Books of 2018: Books for Teens

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Every year the New York Public Library curates a selection of recommended reads selected by their expert librarians. The books encompass an array of genres, diverse stories and inspiring ideas with the top ten books for adults, teens and kids included.

This weekend we’re going to feature all three lists to give you some recommendations. Today we have the teens, curated by twenty library staff who read all the YA books published in 2018.

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