Robert Dunbar’s Top 50

This feature has been republished having first appeared in Inis 10, Autumn 2004. In Inis 43, currently available, we asked Robert Dunbar to revist this list.

 

  1. Sam McBratney, The Chieftain’s Daughter (1993, The O’Brien Press)
  2. Kate Thompson, Annan Water (2004, Bodley Head)
  3. Mark O’Sullivan, Angels Without Wings (1997, Wolfhound Press)
  4. Kate Thompson, The Alchemist’s Apprentice (2002, Red Fox)
  5. Siobhán Parkinson, Call of the Whales (2000, The O’Brien Press)
  6. Maeve Friel, The Lantern Moon (1996, Poolbeg)
  7. Sam McBratney, Mark Time (1976, Abelard-Schuman)
  8. Aubrey Flegg, Wings over Delft (2003, The O’Brien Press)
  9. Carlo Gébler, August ‘44 (2003, Egmont)
  10. Elizabeth O’Hara, The Hiring Fair (1993, Poolbeg)
  11. Matthew Sweeney, The Snow Vulture (1992, Faber and Faber)
  12. Siobhán Parkinson, Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe) (1997, The O’Brien Press)
  13. Eoin Colfer Benny and Babe (1999, The O’Brien Press)
  14. Gerard Whelan Dream Invader (1997, The O’Brien Press)
  15. John Quinn, The Summer of Lily and Esme (1991, Poolbeg)
  16. Catherine Sefton, The Beat of the Drum (1989, Hamish Hamilton Ltd.)
  17. Margrit Cruickshank, Circling the Triangle (1991, Poolbeg)
  18. Frances Browne, Granny’s Wonderful Chair (1856, JM Dent & Co.)
  19. Carlo Gébler, Caught on a Train (2001, Egmont)
  20. Mark O’Sullivan, White Lies (1997, Wolfhound Press)
  21. Kate Thompson, The Beguilers (2001, Red Fox)
  22. Soinbhe Lally, A Hive for the Honey Bee (1996, Poolbeg)
  23. Eoin Colfer, The Wish List (2000, The O’Brien Press)
  24. Eilís Dillon, The Island of Horses (1956, Faber and Faber)
  25. Jane Mitchell, When Stars Stop Spinning (1993, Poolbeg)
  26. Frank Murphy, Lockie and Dadge (1995, The O’Brien Press)
  27. Gerard Whelan, Out of Nowhere (1999, The O’Brien Press)
  28. Maeve Friel, Distant Voices (1994, Poolbeg)
  29. Cormac Mac Raois, Lightning over Giltspur (1991, Wolfhound Press)
  30. Siobhán Parkinson, Sisters … No Way! (1996, The O’Brien Press)
  31. Oisín McGann, The Gods and their Machines (2004, The O’Brien Press)
  32. Soinbhe Lally, The Hungry Wind (1997, Poolbeg)
  33. Janet McNeill, Goodbye, Dove Square (1969, Boston, Little, Brown)
  34. Eílis Dillon, The Road to Dunmore (1966, Faber and Faber)
  35. Margrit Cruickshank, The Door (1996, Beacon Press)
  36. Flora Shaw, Castle Blair (1874) PUBLISHER****
  37. Matthew Sweeney, Fox (2002, Bloomsbury)
  38. OR Melling, My Blue Country (1996)* (Viking Children’s Books)
  39. Morgan Llywelyn, Cold Places (1995, Poolbeg)
  40. Joan O’Neil, Daisy Chain War (1990, Hodder Children’s Books)
  41. Romie Lambkin, Japanese Whispers (1994, Merlin Publishing)
  42. Mark O’Sullivan, More Than a Match (1996, Wolfhound Press)
  43. William Trevor, Juliet’s Story (1991, The O’Brien Press)
  44. Mary Beckett, Hannah or Pink Balloons  (1995, Marino Books)
  45. Sebastian Barry, Elsewhere (1985, Dolmen)
  46. Eoin Colfer, The Supernaturalist (2004, Puffin)
  47. June Considine, View From a Blind Bridge (1992, Poolbeg)
  48. Meta Mayne Reid, The Glen Behind the Door (1968, Faber and Faber)
  49. Marita Conlon-McKenna, Fields of Home (1996, The O’Brien Press)
  50. Pat Boran, All the Way From China (1998, Poolbeg)

 

 

*This book has not been published in Ireland, but is available in Canada and the US; the author is known here as Orla Melling