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The Best Irish Novels 

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List Rules Fiction books and novellas by writers from Ireland

List of the best Irish novels from various authors with some of the same Irish authors appearing a few times. The list includes classic Irish novels such as Gulliver's Travels and The Picture of Dorian Gray to be voted on by readers to find out which book is the best. There are more recent novels included in this list as well, like Room by Emma Donoghue or P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern both of which were published within the last 10 years.

Ireland has made a great contribution to literature, starting with lyric poetry, Anglo-Irish traditional novels that reflected the view of middle class and then included more lower social class writers after the rise of the Irish Free State and the Republic of Ireland. These lower class Irish writers included Brinsley MacNamara and John McGahern among others. Both appear on this list for their great novels.

The list asks, "what is the best Irish novel?" and gives you room to add your own titles that may not be on this list of the best Irish novels. The authors are listed next to each title for identification of the work. Authors like William Trevor and James Joyce show up a few times so be sure to vote for your favorite novel, not just your favorite author.
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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Joyce
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The Picture of Dorian Gr... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Novels
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Bram Stoker
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A Portrait of the Artist... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Novels
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At Swim-Two-Birds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Brian O'Nolan
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The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Brian O'Nolan
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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Jonathan Swift
8
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Joyce
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Molloy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Samuel Beckett
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The Country Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Edna O'Brien
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The Book of Evidence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John Banville
12
The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Novels
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Strumpet City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Plunkett
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Amongst Women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John McGahern
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The Blackwater Lightship... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Colm Tóibín
16
The Butcher Boy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Patrick McCabe
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The Year of the French ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Thomas Flanagan
18
How many miles to Babylo... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Jennifer Johnston
19
Vally of the Squirting W... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Brinsley MacNamara
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Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Frank McCourt
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The Barracks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John McGahern
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The Van is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Roddy Doyle
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Thy Tears Might Cease is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Michael Farrell
24
Room is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Emma Donoghue
25
Star of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Joseph O'Connor