Are you an armchair traveler? While I do enjoy traveling to a new city or exploring a new place, I cannot always find the time or the budget to fulfill my every whim. Instead of feeling gloomy, I choose to put a positive spin on things and become an armchair traveler.  When I am an armchair traveler, I hike to exotic locales and hob nob with fascinating people. When I am an armchair traveler, I am invited to be a member of prestigious social circles and hear the latest gossip. When I am an armchair traveler, I can experience a time and a place that is no longer.


For those who can explore Ireland in person, a Lonely Planet travel guide eBook can help lead the way. For my fellow armchair travelers, here are five of my favorite titles which will whisk you away to the Emerald Isle from the comfort of your home.  If you have dreamed of visiting Ireland or enjoy reminiscing about your Irish experience then consider these titles as the ultimate tour of Ireland’s history and people.


Dubliners” by James Joyce

“Ah, there’s no friends like the old friends” wrote James Joyce in Dubliners. This classic features fifteen short stories told through the eyes of common Irish citizens in beloved Dublin.  A must read for anyone who enjoys stories with about Ireland and its’ people in the early 20th century.


Winterwood” by Patrick McCabe

This book earned the distinguished title “Irish Novel of the Year” in 2007. McCabe’s suspense novel is an original work which immerses the folklore of Ireland with the story of Redmond Hatch and his family’s new life in Winterwood.  If you like fiction titles with suspense than give this one a try.


Just Mary: A Memoir” by Mary O’Rourke

This political memoir written by Mary O’Rourke earned the prestigious Irish Book Award “Listener’s Choice” in 2012. As the description says, “The book is like the woman herself: open, warm, and frank.”


The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland” by Frank Delaney

The Last Storyteller is the latest addition (2012) to Frank Delaney’s Novels of Ireland Series. Each historical fiction novel explores the beauty and intrigue of Ireland. This latest installment describes “Ireland of the 1950’s, its fully realized inhabitants, and the dynamic political and personal relationships that make for a remarkable story.”


The Year of the French” by Thomas Flanagan

The National Book Critics Circle named it “the most distinguished work of fiction” in 1979. A work of historical fiction The Year of the French describes the efforts of the Irish patriots and the French troops who in 1798, triumphed against English rule and inspired peasants and landlords to unite and believe in freedom.


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*Please note that title availability may vary by geographic region.


Renee Lienhard is an Analyst on the Collection Development team at OverDrive.



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