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The Best of Ireland

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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.
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How the Irish Saved Civilization

IRE07
Thomas Cahill
Doubleday
1995
236
0385418493
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This bestselling history tells the generally unknown story of Ireland’s preservation of classical learning in the Dark Ages. Cahill reveals how saints, scholars, monks and scribes reproduced important texts and spread them throughout Europe.
$16.00

The Book of Kells

IRE09
Bernard Meehan
Thames & Hudson
1995
95
0500277907
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

For the Love of Ireland

IRE77
Susan Cahill (Editor)
Ballantine Books
2001
458
0345434196
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.00

Eyewitness Guide Ireland

IRE02
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2017
396
1465441190
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This superb guide is a wonderfully illustrated introduction to the country, featuring photographs, maps and short background essays on history and culture.
$25.00

Ireland Map

IRE23
Michelin
Michelin Travel Publications
2013
1
2067170201
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$12.95

Dublin Map

IRE96
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2014
2
3897071347
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of the city center of Dublin, at a scale of 1:12,000.
$9.95

Ireland Adventure Map

IRE306
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955351
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This sturdy water- and tear-proof map shows Ireland at a scale of 1:350,000.
$11.95

A Brief History of Ireland

IRE321
Richard Killeen
Hachette
2012
323
0762439904
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Killeen traces the successive waves of warriors and colonists through the Celts, Vikings and Normans to Henry VIII, the era of rebellion and patriots to modern times in this brisk, measured history.
$14.95

A Traveller's History of Ireland

GBR39
Peter Neville
Interlink Publishing Group
2016
288
1566566371
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

In Search of Ancient Ireland

IRE222
Leo Eaton, Carmel McCaffrey
Ivan Dee
2003
304
156663525X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This spirited, illustrated history, the companion to a PBS documentary series, traces the foundation, archaeology and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to 1167 A.D. with style and substance.
$16.95

Ireland Unhinged, Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country

IRE334
David Monagan
Council Oak
2014
300
1571783229
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
4/29/2014
0
0
0
0
Seeking the essence of Irish identity, American transplant David Monagan travels the length and width of Eire to explain the people’s mirth, soulfulness and eccentricities that endure despite the country’s recent economic collapse.
$17.95

Ireland, In Word and Image

IRE319
Jay Adlersberg
Welcome Books
2013
276
1599621258
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$60.00

Modern Ireland, A Very Short Introduction

IRE195
Senia Paseta
Oxford University Press
2003
184
0192801678
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.95

Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland

IRE136
Hugh Palmer (Photographer), Christopher Fitz-Simon
Thames & Hudson
2011
200
050028931X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
With hundreds of color photographs, this illustrated portrait of Ireland, its landscape, architecture and people includes maps and a travel guide.
$26.95

Sun Dancing, A Vision of Medieval Ireland

IRE13
Geoffrey Moorhouse
Dufour Editions
2009
280
0156006022
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.95

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

CLT03
Barry W. Cunliffe
Oxford University Press
2003
161
0192804189
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
$11.95

The Truth about the Irish

IRE167
Terry Eagleton
St. Martin's Press
2001
181
0312264038
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
An irreverent A-to-Z guide to all things Irish by a native son and shrewd comic commentator. Cahill 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).
$18.99

In Search of Ancient Ireland

IRE330
PBS Home Video
Baker & Taylor Video
2013
6309101226
DVD
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
A thorough and accurate examination of Ireland's history from the Stone Age through the Norman invasion in 1170.
$19.99

Connemara Mollie, An Irish Journey on Horseback

IRE307
Hilary Bradt
Bradt Publications
2012
146
1841623865
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

Country Girl, A Memoir

IRE320
Edna O'Brien
Little Brown and Company
2014
358
0316122718
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle

IRE17
David Wilson
McGill Queen's
1995
176
0773513442
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Whether it's the author's adventures in crowded pubs or out in the wild, this travel account is a modest, humorous report on Ireland, its people, festivals and cultures.
$19.95

Ireland, In a Glass of Its Own

IRE185
Peter Biddlecombe
Trafalgar Square
2006
512
0349116946
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A hilarious account of a journey through Ireland by the seasoned and well-traveled author.
$15.95

McCarthy's Bar, A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

IRE168
Pete McCarthy
St. Martins
2003
352
0312311338
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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!
$18.99

Round Ireland With a Fridge

IRE70
Tony Hawks
Griffin Publishing
2001
256
0312274920
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo to Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow, the English comic really does hitchhike his way around Ireland, on a bet, with an appliance (albeit a mini-fridge). Surprisingly, this deeply silly, thoroughly entertaining book also captures the warmth and spirit of the Irish.
$17.99

St. Patrick of Ireland, A Biography

IRE337
Philip Freeman
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2005
240
0743256344
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Historian and master biographer Philip Freeman brings to life the historical St. Patrick. He traces the life of the saint from his 4th-century British aristocratic origins through his tribulations as an abducted slave to his visions of God and movement to Ireland.
$15.99

The Great Shame, And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World

IRE204
Thomas Keneally
Doubleday
2000
768
0385720262
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A vivid family memoir. Keneally traces the history of Ireland, Irish immigration -- and how the English treated the Irish -- through the story of his own ancestors, taking us from 19th-Century Ireland to America and Australia.
$19.95

Dubliners

IRE15
James Joyce
Penguin
1992
317
0140186476
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.00

Ireland, A Traveler's Literary Companion

IRE217
James Mc Elroy
Whereabouts Press
2007
256
1883513170
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Organized geographically, this anthology of short stories and tales by contemporary Irish authors captures the spirit, history and allure of Ireland.
$14.95

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

IRE04
W.B. Yeats
Modern Library
2004
380
0812968557
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

The Hill Bachelors

IRE42
William Trevor
Penguin Putnam
2001
256
0141002174
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
No one writes better short fiction than William Trevor. This collection of 12 stories captures the life and people of rural Ireland.
$15.00

The Sea

IRE295
John Banville
Vintage Books
2006
195
1400097029
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.95

The Teapots Are Out and Other Eccentric Tales from Ireland

IRE144
John B. Keane
Carroll & Graff
2004
192
0786712988
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$13.95

Troubles

IRE171
J.G. Farrell
NYRB
2002
459
1590170180
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Set on the eve of the Irish Rebellion, this first novel in Farrell's remarkable series illuminates the British Empire's decline in Ireland to hilarious, haunting effect. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.
$17.95

Wild Decembers

IRE94
Edna O'Brien
Houghton Mifflin Company
2001
272
0618126910
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

Birds of Ireland, An Introduction to Familiar Species

IRE245
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2007
158355338X
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Ireland birds.
$7.95

The Birds of Ireland, A Field Guide

IRE338
Jim Wilson
Collins International Maps
2013
272
1848891792
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A complete guide to more than 240 species of birds found in Ireland, featuring over 1,400 photographs, identification features and concise descriptions.
$26.95

More Books

Irish Journal

IRE12
Heinrich Boll
Meliville House Publishing
2011
144
1935554190
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Insightful, witty and deeply human, German novelist Boll records his impressions of Ireland on a 1950's journey through the country.
$14.95

An Innocent in Ireland, Curious Rambles and Singular Encounters

IRE22
David W. McFadden
McClelland and Stewart
1995
320
0771055277
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
The determinedly eccentric Canadian poet and essayist McFadden abandons a more ambitious journey and simply walks the countryside, exploring modern day Irish character as well as Ireland's history.
$18.95

The Aran Islands

IRE26
J.M. Synge, Tim Robinson (Introduction)
Penguin
1992
208
0140184325
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A much-loved turn-of-the-century account of the islands (as contrasted with mainland Ireland), drenched in the Celtic soul of the Irish.
$16.00

Green Shadows, White Whale

IRE53
Ray Bradbury
HarperCollins Publishers
2002
237
0380789663
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Set in Dublin, this 1953 hymn to Ireland recounts Bradbury's hilarious experiences writing the Moby Dick screenplay with John Huston (who Bradbury affectionately refers to as the "Devil Himself").
$14.99

Opened Ground, Selected Poems 1966-1996

IRE65
Seamus Heaney
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1999
464
0374526788
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The publication of Heaney's book Death of a Naturalist in 1966 changed Irish literature -- and poetry worldwide -- forever. Dive into the physical and emotional rhythms of Irish life in this volume, which chronicles the Nobel Laureate's best work from the last 30 years.
$19.00

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

The Princes of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

IRE145
Edward Rutherfurd
Doubleday
2005
800
0345472357
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An epic novel drawing on the events, personalities and drama of Dublin from settlement through the Easter Rebellion.
$18.00

Silver Linings, Travels Around Northern Ireland

IRE146
Martin Fletcher
Hachette
2001
320
0349112517
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
An account of travels, as well as the people, politics and traditions of Northern Ireland, infused with the author's humor and insightful reporting.
$16.95

Ireland, A Novel

IRE156
Frank Delaney
HarperCollins
2006
576
0061244430
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this hugely pleasurable tale Delaney wraps the history, myth and legend of Ireland around a quest. It's an ambitious, subtly comic and enthralling story of the importance of tales and tradition.
$14.99

Yeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

IRE208
W. B. Yeats
W. W. Norton & Company
2000
518
0393974979
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An authoritative anthology, heavily annotated and with biographical and background information.
$29.25

Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland

IRE233
Malachy McCourt
Hachette
2008
413
0762431814
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Rich in anecdote and biography, McCourt may not break new ground but he sure knows how to tell a tale in this entertaining history of the Emerald Isle from Pict and Celtic origins to Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Bono.
$17.00

Luck and the Irish, A Brief History of Change 1970-2000

IRE237
Roy Foster
Oxford University Press
2008
288
0195179528
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Foster takes in the sweep of contemporary Irish popular culture, music, literature and politics in this short personal book, originally delivered as the Wiles Lectures in Belfast in 2004.
$35.00

A Course Called Ireland

IRE251
Tom Coyne
Penguin Putnam
2010
320
1592405282
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Not just a quest to play every seaside course in the Emerald Isle (60 by the time he got to Ulster), Tom Coyne's entertaining portrait of Ireland, its people, pubs and quirks illuminates "Uncommon Acts of Irish Hospitality."
$17.00

The Rebels of Ireland, The Dublin Saga

IRE253
Edward Rutherfurd
Ballantine Books
2007
896
0345472365
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Rutherfurd spins the saga of Ireland's 400-year path to independence in all its drama, tragedy and glory in this sweeping follow-up to The Princes of Ireland.
$19.00

A Star Called Henry

IRE254
Roddy Doyle
Penguin Putnam
2004
402
0143034618
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The Irish wars of independence and the Dublin slums of the early 20th century provide the backdrop for Doyle's gritty, swashbuckling tale about a boy who enlists in the army at age 14, wielding his father's peg leg as a weapon.
$17.00

For Kids

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland

IRE104
Tomi De Paola
Holiday House
1994
30
0823410773
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Celebrated children's author/illustrator de Paola retells the story of Saint Patrick in this delightful picture book, geared for ages 5 to 8.
$8.99

Nory Ryan's Song

IRE106
Patricia Reilly Giff
2002
148
0440418291
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A historical novel set in western Ireland in 1845 and narrated by 12-year-old Nory Ryan, whose family faces starvation as a consequence of the potato blight.
$7.99

A Wizard Abroad

IRE113
Diane Duane
Harcourt Books
2001
355
0152162380
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in Duane's popular series of books about the schoolgirl wizard Nita, who in this episode travels to Ireland to aid Irish wizards, fight folkloric demons and drink tea with her auntie.
$15.95

The Island of Horses

IRE132
Eilis Dillon
NYRB
2004
192
1590171020
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
When Pat and his friend Danny ignore the advice of their parents and visit the mysterious Island of Horses, their discovery of a beautiful black colt lands them in the middle of a full-blown adventure. Told in first person, this classic tale evokes the people, traditions and flavor of Connemara and western Ireland.
$17.95

The Secret of Roan Inish

IRE133
John Sayles (Director)
Baker & Taylor Video
1995
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
John Sayles' beautiful, evocative film follows a young girl who is sent to live with her grandparents on the Irish coast where she discovers the mythical truth of her family history and the mysterious island of Roan Inish.
$24.95

The King of Ireland's Son

IRE157
Padraic Colum, Willy Pogany (Illustrator)
Dover Publications
1997
320
0486297225
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
This delightful, illustrated collection of favorite folktales from the Emerald Isle, first published in 1916, is rich with humor, whimsy and imagination. Great for kids and for reading aloud.
$14.95

When Irish Guys Are Smiling

IRE243
Suzanne Supplee
Penguin Putnam
2008
211
0142410160
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
Recovering from the loss of her mother, 17-year-old Delk Sinclair goes to Connemara to escape, and falls in love with everything Irish -- including a young Irishman.
$6.99

Eyewitness Medieval Life

EUR334
Andrew Langley
DK Publishing
2011
72
0756607051
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A visually rich survey for ages 9-12, this colorful book introduces the art and architecture, people and culture of Medieval Europe.
$19.99

Eyewitness Castle

EUR335
Christopher Gravett
DK Publishing
2008
72
0756637694
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Take a look behind the walls of these fascinating fortresses and learn how they were built to house hundreds of people and animals; how a young boy rose from lowly page to noble knight; and what life was like for the castle residents. With a CD of clip art and a poster.
$16.99

Celtic Animals Coloring Book

CLT06
Mallory Pearce
Dover Publications
1997
48
0486297292
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Kids can add their own hues to 43 colorable vignettes depicting stylized birds, fish, serpents, mythological creatures and other fabulous fauna.
$3.99

Leprechaun in Late Winter

IRE297
Mary Pope Osborne
2010
114
0375856501
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
In this Magic Tree House book, Jack and Annie inspire a young girl from Galway to go on a grand adventure in 19th-century Ireland.
$12.99

Leprechauns and Irish Folklore

IRE299
Mary Pope Osborne
2010
114
0375960090
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This Magic Tree House Research Guide is a companion to Leprechauns in Late Winter.
$12.99