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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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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, $15.95)

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 Map

Ireland Map

by Michelin

  • 2013
  • MAP

A colorful map of Ireland at a scale of 1:400,000, featuring insets of the road approaches to major cities, as well as an index to cities, towns and villages. (IRE23, $12.95)

 
Dublin Map

Dublin Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2004
  • MAP

A laminated, folded map of the city center of Dublin, at a scale of 1:12,000. (IRE96, $7.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Dublin

Eyewitness Top Ten Dublin


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions and a handy pullout map. (IRE327, $14.00)

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)

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 Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country


by David Monagan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

Seeking the essence of Irish identity, American transplant David Monagan travels the length and width of the Eire to explain the people's mirth, soulfulness and eccentricities that endure despite the country's recent economic collapse. (IRE334, $17.95)

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)

Modern Ireland, 1600-1972


by R.F. Foster

  • HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

Highly regarded historian R.F. Foster balances scholarly research with his own masterful analysis of Ireland's history over the past four centuries. (IRE67, $20.00)

Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland

Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland


by Geoffrey Moorhouse

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

This wonderfully inspired combination of scholarship and historical fiction, set at the monastery on Skellig Michael, carries the reader back to Ireland's early monastic tradition. (IRE13, $22.95)

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands


by J.M. Synge | Tim Robinson

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish. (IRE26, $15.00)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells


by Bernard Meehan

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 95 PAGES

Written by the keeper of manuscripts at Trinity College, this book features 110 color illustrations, including enlargements, of some of the more spectacular decorations in this most famous of medieval manuscripts. (IRE09, $19.95)

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)

Country Girl, A Memoir

Country Girl, A Memoir


by Edna O'Brien

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Born in 1930, Edna O'Brien conjures her youth in County Clare and her introduction to the swinging 1960s and literature in this marvelous tale of coming of age as a novelist. (IRE320, $27.99)

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage


by Tim Robinson | Seamus Heaney

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 395 PAGES

A richly layered hymn to Arainn, largest of the Aran Islands, Robinson's adopted home. (IRE227, $18.95)

Dubliners

Dubliners


by James Joyce

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

James Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories depicting ordinary life in Dublin among the lower middle class -- a milestone in the history of prose fiction. (IRE15, $11.00)

Ireland, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Ireland, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by James Mc Elroy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Organized geographically, this anthology of short stories and tales by contemporary Irish authors captures the spirit, history and allure of Ireland. (IRE217, $14.95)

The Sea

The Sea


by John Banville

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 195 PAGES

Recently widowed Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman, returns to the seaside of his youth in this exquisite novel of love and the power of memory. Banville's 18th novel and winner of the 2005 Booker Prize. (IRE295, $14.95)

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)

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