8. Colm Tóibín
"When they came to the bottom of the lane, and peered over the edge of the cliff, they saw the sea below them was calm, almost smooth" – Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
A native of Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Tóibín is known for his sparse but poetic prose. Several of his novels are set in his home county, among them The Blackwater Lightship and his 2009 novel, Brooklyn. Narrating the romantic experiences of a young Wexford woman named Eilis, Brooklyn moves between New York and Wexford. Rosslare Strand, located nearby Tóibin’s home, plays a particularly pivotal role in the story.
If you haven’t read it yet, do. Brooklyn, the movie, starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson will hit screens soon.