Irish writers pick their top reads of 2015

The Wallace memorial window at Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 1913-14.

The year in books saw a smattering of Irish and international blockbusters, some lesser-known masterpieces and an Elena Ferrante obsession. Here, 22 leading Irish authors offer their top choices for the last 12 months

Cathy Kelly

Like everyone else, I am enthralled by Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, starting with My Brilliant Friend. Beginning in 1950s’ Naples, this story of two women and the intricacies of their lives is simply unforgettable. And there are three more to read! She’s described as the best writer you’ve never heard of but her time has come this year with huge international recognition.