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Books About Ireland
We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists that include those books—from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Of course, building a list of books about Ireland that adequately encapsulates the isle is a tall task—no other country boasts as many Nobel Laureates for literature. But many of these works capture the special qualities of the country and will provide you a deeper sense of its history and people.
Must-Read Books about Ireland
Electric Light By Seamus Heaney
This collection of poetry mentions some of our favourite places (and a few of our friends!) in western Ireland.
Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom By Tim Robinson
Written by one of our friends (and an Oxford Scholar to boot!) who has lived in the small town of Roundstone for a number of years writing a stream-of-consciousness series of essays and vignettes on the Irish condition. Very well written and a joy to read.
Vanishing Ireland: Recollections of Our Changing Times By James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury An amazing collection of stories and characters from the real Ireland. The book includes chapters about some of the Gilies, a family we know from Delphi Lodge as well as a few farmers we meet on our trips!
The Aran Islands By J.M. Synge, Introduction by Tim Robinson A much loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.
Angela’s Ashes By Frank McCourt The Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of an Irish childhood spent in abject poverty in the slums of Limerick, told with enormous wit, grace and skill.