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The Books That Define Ireland launches tonight

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A new book documenting the impact that key books have made on Ireland will be launched tonight in Dublin by journalist and broadcaster Olivia O'Leary.

The Books That Define Ireland by authors Bryan Fanning and Tom Garvin explores 32 books, from Geoffrey Keating's The History of Ireland (1634) to Elaine A. Byrne's Political Corruption in Ireland (2012), which the authors believe had "a transformative effect on the course of Irish history and society".

Books by Flann O'Brien, Swift, James Connolly, Frank O'Connor, Fintan O'Toole, Noel Browne, and Mary Rafftery and Eoin O'Sullivan are also featured.

Tom Garvin is the author of several best-selling books on Irish history including Judging Lemass (2009) and News from a New Republic: Ireland in the 1950s (2010).

Bryan Fanning is an academic in the field of migration research and the author of Racism and Social Change in the Republic of Ireland (2002/2012), The Quest for Modern Ireland: The Battle of Ideas 1912-1986 (2008) and editor of An Irish Century: Studies 1912-2012 (2012).

Published by Merrion, The Books That Define Ireland is available in paperback and e book and retails at €19.95.

Click on the link above to listen back to RTÉ arts and media correspondent Sinéad Crowley's report on The Books That Define Ireland.

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