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Subject: Irish Historical Fiction Author Suggestions
Date Posted: 5/16/2009 8:02 PM ET
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While I'm a big fan of Morgan Llywellyn, who are some other Irish Historical Fiction authors that I can check out??  I also have Frank Delaney on my shelf.  Thanks in advance to everyone for their suggestions.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 8:54 PM ET
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Edward Rutherford wrote a two volume set, "The Princes of Ireland" and I can't remember the second one (or maybe that was the second one). I read the first one and enjoyed it, but haven't read the second one.

Date Posted: 5/16/2009 10:35 PM ET
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Well, shoot, Carol ... when I saw the title of your post, I couldn't wait to dash over and give highest recommendations to Morgan Llywellyn! Sorry I'm not of any help, but I'll be following this thread with real interest to see what other recommendations you get!

Kelly

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 7:57 AM ET
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Carol, have you read Trinity by Leon Uris?  It is a wonderful novel about the Irish conflict.

Linda

Date Posted: 5/17/2009 10:58 AM ET
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A big portion of Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley (the "sequel" to Gone With the Wind) takes place in Ireland.  Perhaps that might interest you?

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:48 AM ET
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Thanks Mimi.    I appreciate your suggestion and I I will definitely be looking for the Edward Rutherford set.

Kelly, isn't Morgan Llyewlyn just wonderful?!    I think that I have all that she has written.  I do have Trinity by Leon Uris on my shelf, but I haven't read it yet.  But, thanks for the suggestion.    I also love reading  Brendan O'Carroll and Edna O'Brien, but I don't think that they can be considered historical fiction authors.....but they are good.

Thanks for the suggestion of Scarlett, Stephanie.  I had no idea that there was a sequel written for Gone With The Wind, which is one of my all time favorite novels.

 

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 5:55 PM ET
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It's also my recollection that Trinity has a sequel - I've read Trinity, but not the sequel.

Date Posted: 5/24/2009 8:32 AM ET
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Thanks Mimi.  I will look into seeing if I can find the title of the sequel to Trinity and get it.  I also have enroute to me two more books by Frank Delaney......"Tipperary"  and "Shannon".

ETA:  Found the title of the Leon Uris book.....it's called "Redemption".   I also came across another title of a book that he wrote called "O'Hara's Coice".   It's set here in the states in modern day times, but it does have an irish flair to it.



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Date Posted: 5/24/2009 9:01 AM ET
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I found the Edward Rutherford books.  "The Princes Of Ireland" is followed by "The Rebels of Ireland".    He also wrote another Irish saga.  "Dublin: The Epic Novel"  and   "Dublin: Ascendancy".   I just ordered the first 3 books from Amazon, but can't seem to find the "Dublin: Ascendancy" one anywhere.

Date Posted: 5/24/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Carol,

Have you read any Maeve Binchy? She is a wonderful author ... primarily all Irish settings, although sometimes we creep over to England a bit. Her books wouldn't be considered historical fiction - but if that's not too important a requirement, please take a look at her books. She's one of our favorites!!

Kelly

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 1:01 AM ET
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I haven't read a lot of Irish HF, but I sure enjoyed Brock and Bodie Thoene's Galway Chronicles. I think they are Christian HF. They focus on life during the potato famine.



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Date Posted: 5/28/2009 4:07 AM ET
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Try Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes).  It's not too historical, but takes place I think in the 50s or 60s or so.  Also, this may be a bit of a stretch, but you might be interested in Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.  It's kind of a combination of Irish folklore, history and a bit of fantasy thrown in.  It's incredibly well written and compelling (in my opinion, at least).