River City Reading: Contemporary Irish authors to make you feel many things

Shake up your bookshelves with these contemporary Irish authors.


Emma Donoghue

Though she is best known for her 2010 novel, Room, Emma Donoghue has been writing fiction for over twenty years. From the short stories of Astray to the historical murder at the center of her new novel Frog Music, Donoghue’s range stretches far beyond Room’s cramped quarters.

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Tana French

In the Woods is just the beginning of Tana French’s ongoing mystery series, dubbed the Dublin Murder Squad. With five novels behind her, French continues to thrill readers by blending the best elements of literary fiction and procedural crime.

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Colum McCann

The 2009 winner of the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin has been blending elements of history and style for years. His latest novel, Transatlantic, combines the tales of famous Atlantic crossings with personal historical narratives.

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Paul Murray

Paul Murray burst onto the literary scene with 2010’s Skippy Dies, a big, quirky novel quick to gather up awards. Fans anxious for his return just have a few more months to wait for the release of his new novel The Mark and the Void.

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Maggie O’Farrell

A master at handling loss and love, Maggie O’Farrell has both an incredible backlist and long career ahead of her. Her most recent novels, The Hand that First Held Mine and Instructions for Heatwave, show off her strengths at their best.

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