Friday Book Round-Up: Celebrating Irish Authors and Ireland #EliteEight #Books #AmReading

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! March Madness (men’s college basketball) started yesterday and everyone is doing brackets. I thought it might be fun to list my Elite Eight books of a certain genre. But then St. Patrick’s Day happened and I started thinking about my favorite Irish authors and books taking place in Ireland. So, I decided to roll both ideas into one fantastic book round-up. So without further ado, here are my Elite Eight Books written about Ireland and/or by Irish authors:


1-Collected Stories by Frank O’Connor

The definitive collection of short stories by a master of the form and one of Ireland’s most celebrated authors


This indispensable volume contains the best of Frank O’Connor’s short fiction. From “Guests of the Nation” to “The Mad Lomasneys” to “First Confession” to “My Oedipus Complex,” these tales of Ireland have touched generations of readers the world over and placed O’Connor alongside W. B. Yeats and James Joyce as the greatest of Irish authors.


Analyzing a Robert Browning poem, O’Connor once wrote: “Since a whole lifetime must be crowded into a few minutes, those minutes must be carefully chosen indeed and lit by an unearthly glow.” Each of the sixty-seven stories gathered here achieves the same incredible feat of the imagination, laying bare entire lives and histories within the space of a few pages. Dublin schoolteacher Ned Keating waves good-bye to a charming girl and to any thoughts of returning to his village home in the lyrical and melancholy “Uprooted.” A boy on an important mission is waylaid by a green-eyed temptress and seeks forgiveness in his mother’s loving arms in “The Man of the House,” a tale that draws on O’Connor’s own difficult childhood. A series of awkward encounters and humorous misunderstandings perfectly encapsulates the complicated legacy of Irish immigration in “Ghosts,” the bittersweet account of an American family’s pilgrimage to the land of their forefathers.


As a writer, critic, and teacher, O’Connor elevated the short story to astonishing new heights. This career-spanning anthology, epic in scope yet brimming with the small moments and intimate details that earned him a reputation as Ireland’s Chekhov, is a testament to Frank O’Connor’s magnificent storytelling and a true pleasure to read from first page to last.


2-The Tour: A Trip Through Ireland by Jean Grainger

Every week Conor O’Shea collects a new group of American visitors from Shannon Airport from where they embark on a high end voyage of the ‘Real Ireland.’ But this particular tour, with its cast of unintentionally hilarious characters, presents seasoned tour guide Conor with dilemmas that render him speechless for the first time in his life.


Among this eclectic group are Corlene, a gold-digging multiple divorcée on the prowl; Patrick, a love-starved Boston cop; Dylan, a goth uilleann piper; Dorothy, a poisonous college professor who wouldn’t spend Christmas; Elliot, a wall street shark who finally shows his true colours; and then there’s Ellen, back on Irish soil after so many years, to discover a truth nobody could have guessed, least of all herself. And that’s just a few of the colourful cast.


The locals they meet on their journey, eccentric West Brits, passionate musicians, Ukrainian waitresses and Garda high flyers all help to make this a tour no-one will ever forget.



And of course there’s Conor O’Shea in the thick of it all, solving problems and mending hearts, but what about his own?



This is a story filled with romance, humour, history, culture and a little bit of mystery all against the backdrop of the beautiful and inspirational Emerald Isle.


3-Dubliners by James Joyce

Dubliners is a collection of 15 short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.


The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences. They centre on Joyce’s idea of an epiphany: a moment where a character experiences self-understanding or illumination. Many of the characters in Dubliners later appear in minor roles in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The initial stories in the collection are narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they deal with the lives and concerns of progressively older people. This is in line with Joyce’s tripartite division of the collection into childhood, adolescence and maturity.


4-After The Rising by Orna Ross

When Jo Devereux returns to Ireland for her mother’s funeral, the last person she expects to meet there is Rory O’Donovan. The secrets and silences between Jo’s family and Rory’s was the one constant of their childhood — and erupted into bitter conflict when they fell in love.


Now, 20 years on, Jo is back in village where they both grew up and he’s urging her to stay on. To her own surprise, she’s tempted. Is it because her life in San Francisco is such a disaster since her friend Richard died? Because she wants to rekindle the relationship with her mother gone? Or because she wants to know the truth about the past?


Soon Jo is uncovering astonishing truths about her mother and grandmother and women’s role in the conflict known as “The War of The Brothers”. And about a killing with consequences that have ricocheted through four generations.


Rory, mired in an unhappy marriage, is urging her to rebel again — but reading their family histories has made Jo cautious. Rebellion has an energy that sweeps people up but what happens after the rising?


Jo is about to find out.


5-A Pocket Full of Shells (An Irish Family Saga Book 1) by Jean Reinhardt

In 1846 a baby girl is born to a young Irish fisherman and his wife. It is the second year of The Great Hunger and the young couple choose to remain in Ireland while family and friends are leaving. Their story takes place in the fishing village of Blackrock, near Dundalk, but the cities of Liverpool and Sunderland have a significant influence on their lives. Is their love for each other and their homeland enough to sustain them? Will they be forced to join the one and a half million who emigrate? This is the story of a young man’s love for his wife and child as he struggles to provide for a family in one of the darkest periods of Ireland’s history.


6-The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw: Plays, Novels, Articles, Letters and Essays: Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Candida, Arms and The Man, … on War, Memories of Oscar Wilde and more by George Bernard Shaw

This carefully crafted ebook: “The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw: Plays, Novels, Articles, Letters and Essays” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright, essayist, novelist and short story writer and wrote more than 60 plays. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Academy Award (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (an adaptation of his own play)



Cashel Byron’s Profession

An Unsocial Socialist

Love Among The Artists

The Irrational Knot


Widowers’ Houses

The Philanderer

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

The Man Of Destiny

Arms And The Man


You Never Can Tell

The Devil’s Disciple

Captain Brassbound’s Conversion

Caesar And Cleopatra

The Gadfly or The Son of the Cardinal

The Admirable Bashville

Man And Superman

John Bull’s Other Island

How He Lied To Her Husband

Major Barbara

Passion, Poison, And Petrifaction

The Doctor’s Dilemma

The Interlude At The Playhouse

Getting Married

The Shewing-Up Of Blanco Posnet

Press Cuttings


The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets

Fanny’s First Play

Androcles And The Lion



Great Catherine

The Music Cure

O’Flaherty, V. C.

Macbeth Skit

Glastonbury Skit

The Inca Of Perusalem

Augustus Does His Bit

Skit For The Tiptaft Revue

Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress

Heartbreak House

Back To Methuselah

War Indemnities

What do Men of Letters Say?

On Socialism

The Miraculous Revenge

Quintessence Of Ibsenism

Basis of Socialism

The Transition to Social Democracy

The Impossibilities Of Anarchism

The Perfect Wagnerite

Letter to Beatrice Webb

The New Theology

Memories of Oscar Wilde

The Revolutionist’s Handbook And Pocket Companion

Maxims For Revolutionists

The New Theology

How to Write A Popular Play

Memories of Oscar Wilde

George Bernard Shaw

The Quintessence of Shaw

Old and New Masters…


7-Oscar Wilde: Collection of 300 Classic Works with analysis and historical background (Annotated and Illustrated) (Annotated Classics) by Oscar Wilde

  • Illustrated with the original images.

  • Annotated with concise introduction, including analysis of Oscar Wilde’s works as well as modern view on Wilde’s historical background.

  • Original footnotes are hyperlinked for easy reference.

  • The collection includes alphabetical and chronological indexes of Wilde’s works.

  • Each book features its own active Table of Contents.

  • Includes Oscar Wilde’s Biography.

  • Includes Oscar Wilde’s most famous quotes.

  • Includes analysis of Oscar Wilde’s literary style.

  • Includes analysis of Wilde’s London.

  • All Annotated Classics books are beautifully designed for easy reading and navigation on e-Readers and mobile devices.





The Picture of Dorian Gray



The Duchess of Padua

A Florentine Tragedy

For Love of the King

An Ideal Husband

The Importance of Being Earnest

Lady Windermere’s Fan

La Sainte Courtisane

Salomé illustrated

Vera; or, The Nihilists

A Woman of No Importance



The Birthday of The Infanta

The Canterville Ghost illustrated

The Devoted Friend illustrated

The Fisherman and His Soul

The Happy Prince illustrated

A House of Pomegranates

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

The Model Millionaire

The Nightingale and the Rose illustrated

The Portrait of Mr. W. H

The Remarkable Rocket illustrated

The Star-Child

The Selfish Giant illustrated

The Sphinx without a Secret

The Young King



The Ballad of Reading Gaol


Selected Poems & Sonnets (75 poems)

The Sphinx



Art and the Handicraftman

De Profundis expurgated version

The English Renaissance of Art

House Decoration

Intentions (The Decay of Lying, Pen, Pencil And Poison, The Critic As Artist, The Truth of Masks)

Lecture to Art Students

London Models

The Rise of Historical Criticism

Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde

Shorter Prose Pieces

The Soul of Man Under Socialism



Oscar Wilde Biography

Oscar Wilde: Art and Morality by Stuart Mason

Oscar Wilde, a Critical Study by Arthur Ransome

Oscar Wilde: An Idler’s Impression by Edgar Saltus

Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby

Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions VOLUME I by Frank Harris

Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions VOLUME II by Frank Harris

The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens




Works’ Analysis

Irish theatre

Dorian Gray syndrome


8-Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien

“Country Girl is Edna O’Brien’s exquisite account of her dashing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life.”–National Public Radio


When Edna O’Brien’s first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O’Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation.


Starting with O’Brien’s birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the ’60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.



Who’s your favorite Irish Author and/or book written about Ireland? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict


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