Fiction 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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21 6
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Joyce

2
16 5
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Bram Stoker

3
14 4
A Portrait of the Artist as a ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Novels

4
18 8
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Novels

5
10 2
Molloy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Samuel Beckett

6
13 5
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Jonathan Swift

7
10 3
At Swim-Two-Birds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Brian O'Nolan

8
8 2
The Book of Evidence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John Banville

9
8 3
The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Brian O'Nolan

10
9 5
Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Joyce

11
7 3
The Butcher Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Patrick McCabe

12
6 2
The Country Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Edna O'Brien

13
9 7
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Novels

14
7 5
Amongst Women is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John McGahern

15
5 3
The Barracks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John McGahern

16
5 3
Star of the Sea is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Joseph O'Connor

17
5 3
Strumpet City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Novels
James Plunkett

18
4 2
The Year of the French is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Thomas Flanagan

19
4 2
Fools of fortune is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Novels
William Trevor

20
4 2
The Van is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Roddy Doyle

21
4 2
Birchwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Novels
John Banville

22
4 2
Felicia's Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Novels
William Trevor

23
4 2
Thy Tears Might Cease is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Michael Farrell

24
3 1
A goat's song is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Dermot Healy

25
3 1
The Blackwater Lightship is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Novels
Colm Tóibín