The Greatest "Historical fiction, Northern Ireland" Books of All Time

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Historical fiction

Historical fiction is a genre of literature that combines fictional stories with real historical events, settings, and characters. These books often take place in a specific time period and are based on research and factual information, but also include imaginative elements to create a compelling narrative. Historical fiction allows readers to experience the past in a unique and engaging way, while also providing insight into the social, cultural, and political issues of the time.

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  1. 1. A Belfast Woman by Mary Beckett

    The book is a poignant collection of short stories that delve into the lives of women from Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the tumultuous times of the Troubles. Through a series of intimate narratives, the author explores the complex emotions, daily struggles, and the resilience of women as they navigate a society riven by political conflict. The stories offer a nuanced portrayal of the female experience, highlighting themes of family, love, loss, and the quest for personal identity against a backdrop of violence and social upheaval.

    The 4130th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Emperor Of Ice Cream by Brian Moore

    "The Emperor of Ice Cream" is a captivating novel that follows the life of a young Irish immigrant named Gavin Burke, who moves to New York City in search of a better future. Set in the 1920s, the story explores Gavin's struggles and triumphs as he navigates the harsh realities of the city, including poverty, discrimination, and the allure of the American Dream. With vivid descriptions and compelling characters, the book delves into themes of identity, love, and the pursuit of happiness, painting a poignant portrait of one man's journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.

    The 5392nd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Reading In The Dark by Seamus Deane

    "Reading In The Dark" is a captivating novel that delves into the complex history of Northern Ireland through the eyes of an unnamed protagonist. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil and sectarian violence, the story follows the protagonist's journey of self-discovery as he unravels family secrets and confronts the ghosts of the past. Seamlessly blending personal and political narratives, the book explores themes of memory, identity, and the power of storytelling, ultimately offering a poignant reflection on the lasting impact of history on individuals and communities.

    The 6862nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Passing The Time In Ballymenone by Henry Glassie

    "Passing the Time in Ballymenone" is an immersive ethnographic study that delves into the rich oral traditions and community life of a small, rural village in Northern Ireland. The book explores how the residents of Ballymenone, through storytelling, music, and historical narrative, preserve and shape their cultural identity amidst the backdrop of political conflict and social change. The author meticulously documents the everyday conversations and interactions among the villagers, offering a profound insight into the ways in which folklore and cultural practices are interwoven with individual lives and collective memory.

    The 9260th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Silver City by Maurice Leitch

    "Silver City" is a compelling narrative that takes place in the aftermath of the American Civil War. The story follows a young Irish immigrant who embarks on a journey to the West in search of silver and fortune. Along the way, he encounters a myriad of characters, each with their own unique stories and backgrounds, and he must navigate the harsh realities of life on the frontier, including violence, lawlessness, and the relentless pursuit of wealth. The novel explores themes of ambition, survival, and the American Dream in a raw and unforgiving landscape.

    The 10793rd Greatest Book of All Time

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