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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

Essential Reading

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A Traveller's History of Ireland

A Traveller's History of Ireland

by Peter Neville

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

From the Celts to the Norman invasions to modern-day Ireland, this short history is highly recommended for those who would like a brief overview of the Emerald Isle through the centuries. (GBR39, $14.95)

For the Love of Ireland

For the Love of Ireland

by Susan Cahill

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 458 PAGES

Organized geographically, this rich anthology introduces Ireland through the words and lives of such luminaries as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett. (IRE77, $17.00)

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

by W.B. Yeats

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

Edited by the Nobel Prize-winning poet who spearheaded the Celtic Renaissance in the early 20th century, these enchanting stories introduce a cast of changelings, ghosts, mermaids, demons, saints, priests and fairies. (IRE04, $16.00)

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

This superb guide is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to the country, featuring photographs, maps and short background essays on history and culture. (IRE02, $25.00)

Ireland Adventure Map

Ireland Adventure Map

by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

This sturdy water- and tear-proof map shows Ireland at a scale of 1:350,000. (IRE306, $11.95)

 
A Book of Migrations, Some Passages in Ireland

A Book of Migrations, Some Passages in Ireland


by Rebecca Solnit

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

In this intriguing book, the American-born author (now an Irish citizen) introduces the country, its history and literature in a series of essays. Solnit, a wonderful writer, is a thoughtful questioner of the modern Irish identity. (IRE44, $16.95)

How the Irish Saved Civilization

How the Irish Saved Civilization


by Thomas Cahill

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland's preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages, revealing how the saints and scholars, monks and scribes labored to reproduce the important texts that spread as they evangelized Europe. (IRE07, $15.95)

Ireland, In Word and Image

Ireland, In Word and Image


by Jay Adlersberg

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 276 PAGES

Jay Adlersberg's visual celebration of Ireland is accompanied by literary excerpts and poetry from Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and many others. With 75 gorgeous color photographs. (IRE319, $60.00)

Magnum Ireland

Magnum Ireland


by John Banville

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

This evocative collection of 250 photographs captures the people, landscapes and changing face of Ireland from the 1950s to the 21st century. (IRE170, $60.00)

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction


by Senia Paseta

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A remarkably concise, provocative history in the well-regarded series, touching on the major aspects of Irish history, politics, and society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (IRE195, $11.95)

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland


by Hugh Palmer | Christopher Fitz-Simon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

With hundreds of color photographs, this illustrated portrait of Ireland, its landscape, architecture and people includes maps and a travel guide. (IRE136, $26.95)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction


by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

The Truth about the Irish

The Truth about the Irish


by Terry Eagleton

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 181 PAGES

An irreverent A-to-Z guide to all things Irish by a native son and shrewd comic commentator, who casts aside many myths, starting with the first entry - A for alcohol (the Irish have the lowest per capita consumption of alcohol in the E.U., after Greece and Italy). (IRE167, $16.99)

Walking

Walking


by Henry David Thoreau

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration. (WLK04, $9.99)

Celtic Art

Celtic Art


by Venceslas Kruta

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 290 PAGES

A beautiful sourcebook that profiles the art of the entire Celtic world -- not just Britain -- but France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. The collection spans the fifth century BCE to the eighth century and includes items like sculpture, manuscript, jewelry and housewares. (IRE375, $79.95)

Ireland, An Oxford Archaeological Guide

Ireland, An Oxford Archaeological Guide


by Andy Halpin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 568 PAGES

A complete guide and gazetteer covering Ireland's ancient sites and places of interest. With over 250 plans and illustrations of the major sites and treasures (IRE191, $55.00)

Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback

Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback


by Hilary Bradt

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 146 PAGES

Hilary Bradt (publisher of Bradt Guides) recalls her journey across rural Ireland among the people of Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry in the 1980s in this sweet -- and sublimely affecting -- memoir. (IRE307, $16.99)

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland


by Pete McCarthy

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A droll account of McCarthy's encounters on a bar-hopping jaunt from Cork along the west coast to Donegal. His motto, assiduously followed, was never to pass up a bar with his name on it! (IRE168, $17.99)

The Celtic Myths, A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends

The Celtic Myths, A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends


by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

  • LITERATURE
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

A vivid introduction to Irish and Welsh folklore. Aldhouse-Green outlines recurring motifs and characters alongside quotes, full-text stories, notes on the region's archaeological finds and plenty of two-color illustrations. (IRE360, $24.95)

The Story of Lucy Gault


by William Trevor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A tragedy is born of accident, guilt, religious strife and misunderstanding in another wonderful novel from Trevor -- this one set in 1920s County Cork. (IRE119, $16.00)

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland


by John B. Keane

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A collection of 17 sentimental, sad, outrageous and just plain fun stories by the prolific North Kerry saloon-keeper, balladeer, playwright and novelist. Keane, who died in 2002, had an eye (and ear) for Irish rural life. (IRE144, $13.95)

Wild Decembers

Wild Decembers


by Edna O'Brien

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A haunting novel of clan enmities and forbidden love in rural Ireland. Few writers have as sure a sense of place as Edna O'Brien, whose lyrical prose builds inevitably toward final tragedy. (IRE94, $13.95)

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Ireland birds. (IRE245, $6.95)

The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide

The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide


by Jim Wilson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A complete guide to more than 240 species of birds found in Ireland, featuring over 1,400 photographs, identification features and concise descriptions. (IRE338, $26.95)

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