Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy, Nora Roberts
In the gripping trilogy series Gallaghers of Ardmore, best-selling author Nora Roberts returns to the lush, green hills of Ireland, where "love is forever touched by magic", exploring the fiery relationships of the Gallagher siblings. The first book, Jewels of the Sun, follows eldest brother Aiden as he returns to Ireland after years of travelling, possessing an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths.
A Swift Pure Cry, Siobhan Dowd
Dowd's standalone novel, A Swift Pure Cry, follows Shell after the death of her mother and the consequences the tragedy has for her religious father. As Shell tries to mourn, while helping her family, her best friend Declan leaves Ireland for America, creating a beautifully captivating story of grief and growing up.
Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney
If you loved Sally Rooney's Normal People, you'll also be gripped by her debut novel Conversations With Friends. The Irish author's acclaimed debut tells the tale of two college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with married couple Melissa and Nick. The book is also getting its own TV adaptation, so you'll want to read it before the 12-part series is released.
This Charming Man, Marianne Keyes
As one of the most successful Irish authors of all time, Marian Keyes is often hailed as the "queen of contemporary fiction". Her 2008 novel, This Charming Man, centres on the engagement of popular politician Paddy de Courcy and the impact this has on the women in his life. The novel won the Popular Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards in 2009 and is considered to be a powerful testament to the strength women find in themselves in response to trying times.
You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here, Frances Macken
You Have To Make Your Own Fun Around Here follows Katie, Maeve and Evelyn, three girls united by their childhood games and their dreams of escaping the tiny Irish town they call home. As marie claire Australia's Feature Editor writes, "Frances Macken has creatively navigated the exploration of growing up through unforgettable characters and her unflinching look at how we deal with both platonic and sexual relationships. This powerful debut novel packs all the right emotional punches."