historical fiction

Read the Rising - Top 25 Fiction

Children of Isaac by PJ ConnollyThe 1916 Rising has inspired many writers of fiction, both Irish and international, including Roddy Doyle, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Morgan Llwelyn and Mario Vargos Llosa. In its centenary year we have selected our top 25 fiction books which are set during or make reference to the 1916 Rising.  These books deal with a range of themes and issues reflecting this turbulent time in Irish and European history.

The list comprises novels, short stories and a graphic novel and is arranged by date of publication.

A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle  Rebel Sisters by Marita Conlon-McKenna  Blood upon the Rose by Gerry Hunt  Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa

Walter Scott Prize Longlist Announced

Mrs EngelsDublin-born author Gavin McCrea's debut novel 'Mrs Engels' has been longlisted along with twelve other books for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Founded in 2010, the prize is awarded for "writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past". Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year.

The winner of the Walter Scott Prize receives st£25,000, making it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.

The longlist is:-

Fallen is One City One Book Choice for 2016!

FallenWe are delighted to announce that Lia Mills’ novel Fallen, published by Penguin Ireland, is the Dublin: One City One Book choice for 2016.

We are also delighted to announce that, for the first time, Dublin will team up with Belfast for a 'Two Cities One Book' Festival.  2016 will see a partnership with Libraries NI (the library authority for Northern Ireland) so that next April readers in Dublin and Belfast will engage with the same book at the same time. The initiative was launched at noon today (14th) by an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD.