Reading Roulette – pick one of my reads for Ireland Month!


Reading Roulette is back for another month, but with a twist! As I will be asking you to vote for a book that I’ll read in March and as March is Reading Ireland Month, all of this months choices are by Irish authors.

This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann

I’m a big fan of Colum McCann’s work and have this one and Transatlantic in the 746. Transatlantic seemed like the obvious choice – and if I have time I may well read it next month – but I thought it might be nice to check out one of his older works.

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

Anyone who read my blog over the summer will know what an impact The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox made on me, so I’m hoping for more of the same. Plus, Maggie O’Farrell was born a mere 20 miles up the road from me, so it would be rude not to include her!

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Redemption Falls by Joseph O’Connor

I read Joseph O’Connors epic and wonderful tale of Irish emmigration, Star of the Sea, more years ago than I care to remember. I bought the follow up Redemption Falls when it came out in 2007 and obviously never got round to reading it! Maybe this one should win for the sheer fact that I’ve had it the longest…..

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright

She’s just been named the inaugural Irish Fiction Laureate so she really had to be in the list. I loved both The Gathering and The Wig My Father Wore and as I won’t get to buy her new book out in May, this one will have to do.

So, there you go, the four choices for Ireland Month’s Reading Roulette.

Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think and of course I”d love for you to vote! Voting will be open until Sunday 22nd!

Ireland Month Reading Roulette

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

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  1. I really enjoy Maggie O’Farrell’s work and also I’ve read the Gathering by Anne Enright which I enjoyed – but, I’ve not read the Forgotten Waltz and have read the Hand that Last Held Mine – and really enjoyed it very much. Hence the decision.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. I’ve read Instructions for a Heat Wave by O’Farrell, and have three of her books on my TBR, with the one you’ve picked on my wishlist, so I’d love to know what you think of it! (And I guess I’ve found my first author/book to read for March!). R x

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  3. Is The Forgotten Waltz not an option… after talking to you about A Enright I found it on my shelves! M O’Fs is as good as you’d expect it to be… pulled a night shift to finish that one when it first came out

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  4. I’d go with Maggie O’Farrell purely as she’s the only author I’ve read of the four. Having said that, I struggled getting into this one, and haven’t finished it. Plus I still have Instructions/Heatwave to read. Esme Lennox was wonderful though, and I liked The Distance Between Us. I count her as an honorary Scot now, as she lives in Edinburgh (I think if you threw a stone in Edinburgh you’d have a good chance of hitting an author!) Gorgeous city, going to try and make it to the Book Festival. I can stay with my friend Polly, so I’ve no excuse really, not this time!

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      • Been talking about it for years Cathy, and salivating over the programme. Bloody Scotland also appeals, in September. I’ll try and schedule any Irish authors I’ve got in the TBR pile for next month! I’ve got a couple of Jane Casey’s, definitely! And I’m sure I’ve others…The Defence by Steve Cavanagh; I think he’s from the North.

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      • Brilliant! I’m going a mini Crime Fiction week focusing on the rise of Irish Crime (or Emerald Noir as they are calling it!) so hopefully there will be something you’ll like!


  5. I haven’t read any of these books, but I voted for “Redemption Falls” in an attempt to give you motivation to read it sooner rather than later 😉 (I have tons of books I really want to read sitting on my shelves for years, too…)


  6. cannot tell you how much I love Irish literature… such rich teasure and when you think about it, such a small island with a profound literary tradition. Do not forget Nuala O’Faplain.. one of my favourites but I think under-appreciated. Bev

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