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Irish Historical Fiction

c18913
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Irish Historical Fiction

Postby c18913 » Fri May 8th, 2009, 11:30 pm

I'm looking for suggestions about Irish historical fiction....I've already read the following

Rutherford - Princes of Ireland
Uris - Trinity
Delaney (?) - Ireland

Anyone have any other suggestions? My sons and I have a 45-minute trip each way and we listen to books on tape. They're asking for Irish historical fiction. (BTW, we've "read" -- listened to -- almost all of Bernard Cornwell's books, Iggulden's Genghis, Shaara books, etc. so they're pretty much ready for anything).

Thanks so much, I'm a new member and I'm looking forward to contributing.

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Postby Misfit » Fri May 8th, 2009, 11:45 pm

I haven't read it yet, but I've heard raves about Galway Bay. Its finally on the hold shelf at the library waiting for pickup, and many more waiting for their turn as well so I'd take that its creating quite a buzz.

While it's better classified as a novel in a historical setting and not a historical novel, I loved Susan Howatch's Cashelmara a great deal - this has the added bonus that she parallels the lives of her characters with those of England's first three Edwards.
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Postby annis » Fri May 8th, 2009, 11:47 pm

I'd suggest Morgan Llywelyn's books, maybe starting with "The Lion of Ireland", the story of Brian Boru.
There's a list of her novels here:
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/morgan-llywelyn/

If you enjoyed Rutherfurd's time-sweep novels you might like Frank Delaney's "Ireland"

Hard to come by now, but very good are Patricia Finney's 2-book series about the Tain, "A Shadow of Gulls" and "The Crow Goddess"

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Postby juleswatson » Sat May 9th, 2009, 7:20 am

I second Morgan Llywelyn. She did a good story on The Tain called Red Branch (It might have been called something else in the US) She has loads of books covering all eras in Ireland and they are not that long (the earlier ones anyway). My own book The Swan Maiden is set in Ireland based on an ancient Irish myth, however it is a romance too and has some sex in it so don't think your sons would be too impressed with that!! Perish the thought.
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Postby stu1883 » Sat May 9th, 2009, 8:43 am

Whilst not strictly Irish, try "Dublin" by Edward Rutherford.

The bloke writes many different books, but his stories telling the history of cities are really good. Sarum, Dublin & London are the ones I've read.

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Postby stu1883 » Sat May 9th, 2009, 8:49 am

"c18913" wrote:I'm looking for suggestions about Irish historical fiction....I've already read the following

Rutherford - Princes of Ireland
Uris - Trinity
Delaney (?) - Ireland

Anyone have any other suggestions? My sons and I have a 45-minute trip each way and we listen to books on tape. They're asking for Irish historical fiction. (BTW, we've "read" -- listened to -- almost all of Bernard Cornwell's books, Iggulden's Genghis, Shaara books, etc. so they're pretty much ready for anything).

Thanks so much, I'm a new member and I'm looking forward to contributing.



If you like Conn Igguldens genghis books, try the Emperor series. They are all about Julius Caesar and utterly absorbing.

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Postby Leo62 » Sat May 9th, 2009, 12:21 pm

Any particular period you're looking for? If you're open to something more recent, I've read a couple of very good novels set at the time of the Easter Rising/Civil war:

The Story of Lucy Gault
by William Trevor
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

There's also The Star of the Sea, Joseph O'Connor's wonderful novel about escapees from the 1840's potato famine.

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Postby Lauryn » Sat May 9th, 2009, 4:42 pm

Wow - I think I'm going to search out some of these titles myself :D

Just a question though - Was Rutherford's novel not issued under two titles for differing markets? I was under the impression that Dublin and The Princes of Ireland were the same book, but I could be wrong. TPI is certainly all about Dublin!

I loved Morgan Llewelyn's The Lions of Ireland, about Brian Boru. I have another title, Finn Mac Cool, on Mount TBR, and have read a few more, but they were library books whose titles escape me now :D
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Postby Susan » Sat May 9th, 2009, 6:09 pm

"Lauryn" wrote:Just a question though - Was Rutherford's novel not issued under two titles for differing markets? I was under the impression that Dublin and The Princes of Ireland were the same book, but I could be wrong. TPI is certainly all about Dublin!


There are two different books and the North American titles are The Princes of Ireland and The Rebels of Ireland. Elsewhere the books are known as Dublin: Foundation and Ireland: Awakening. The Princes of Ireland deals with the years 430-1533 and The Rebels of Ireland deals with the time after that.

I very much liked The Princes of Ireland, but there was something about The Rebels of Ireland that caused me not to finish the book. I can't recall what. My husband read both books and enjoyed them very much.

http://www.edwardrutherfurd.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin:_Foundation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland:_Awakening
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Postby Margaret » Sun May 10th, 2009, 1:36 am

I was going to suggest Morgan Llywelyn's novels, but Annis and Jules beat me to it! Browsing my website at www.HistoricalNovels.info might turn up some other novels you would enjoy. There's a separate section for Ancient Ireland on the Ancient History page, and a separate page for the Medieval Celts that includes Ireland in the Medieval section. Otherwise, novels set in Ireland are generally included in the "British Isles" sections in the other time-period categories.
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