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Recommended books (28)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Ireland. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle EN

Rating: 3.5     11 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

22.

The Colony by Audrey Magee EN

Rating: 4.4     6 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
2022 Booker Longlisted.
Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine - the authentic experience.
Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.
But the people who live on this rock - three miles long and half-a-mile wide - have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they val... continue
Recommended: 12 Sep 2022

23.

The Gathering by Anne Enright EN

Rating: 3     86 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
'Witty, original, inventive...utterly compelling' Daily Mail Winner of the Man Booker Prize The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him - although that certainly helped - it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968. The Gathering is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars. 'It is clearly the product of a remarkable intelligence, combined with a gift for o... continue
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Recommended: 01 Mar 2018

24.

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne EN

Rating: 4.5     71 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017 Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017 Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and ... continue
Recommended: 15 Oct 2022

25.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde EN

Rating: 4     8 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
Gray's outward innocence conceals corruption deep enough to charm those about him into a life of wanton sexuality.
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Recommended: 26 Jul 2022

26.
The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars : A Novel by Emma Donoghue EN

Rating: 4     41 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
THE NEW #1 BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WONDER AND ROOM Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the great flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and Room. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world step two outsiders--Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie S... continue
Recommended: 16 Nov 2022

27.

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan EN

Rating: 4     12 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
From international #1 bestselling author of The Ruin and The Murder Rule comes a compulsive crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed. When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal--her card identi... continue
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2021

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The Wonder

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue EN

Rating: 3.5     87 Votes
Country: Europe / Ireland flag Ireland
Description:
A major film from the makers of Normal People and Room, starring Florence Pugh and streaming on Netflix. 'An old-school page turner with crackling intensity' Stephen King 'Powerful, compulsively readable' Irish Times Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell stops eating, but remains miraculously alive and well. A nurse, sent to investigate whether she is a fraud, meets a journalist hungry for a story . . . Set in the Irish Midlands in the 1850s, Emma Donoghue's The Wonder – inspired by numerous European and North American cases of 'fasting girls' between the sixteenth century and the twentieth – is a ps... continue
Recommended: 21 May 2022


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