3 Contemporary Irish Authors You Should Be Reading

by Jessica on March 17, 2016

James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker…we all know and love these classic Irish authors. But what about giving some love to some more contemporary Irish authors? I’ve compiled a short list of a few authors to check out this St. Patrick’s Day (in case kissing everyone in sight and drinking the day away isn’t your cup of tea).

Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin has been around for a little bit. We’ve hosted him at the store a few times (he was here in 2015 for Nora Webster) but he’s gotten quite a bit of attention for penning Brooklyn which was just on the Best Picture nominations of this years Oscars.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is cool…like really cool! She’s sold more than 40 million books worldwide (and had a spot in Oprah’s Book Club). She did pass away in 2012 but had one more book to release. Her final novel, A Week in Winter, was released after her death and topped the New York Times bestseller list in no time!

John Banville

 John Banville published his first book, Long Lankin (a collection of short stories) in 1971 followed by his first novel, Nighspawn, the same year.  He is no stranger to accolades when it comes to his writing. He has been the recipient of the American-Irish Foundation award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2005, John won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea.

In 2006, he started writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black and published a slew of crime novels including Christine Falls and A Death in Summer.