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Emerald green is spring green

March is the harbinger of both Spring and Sct. Patrick’s Day. On the 17th, the World becomes Irish, and though we cannot celebrate this year, here are some of my favourite Irish writers. Enjoy!

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Text: Susan Jessen Spiele

A favourite writer extraordinaire

The thing about December

By Donal Ryan

While the Celtic Tiger rages, we follow a year in Johnsey’s life; a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is, in a little Irish village where bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way.

The mistress of darkness

Broken harbour

By Tana French

A father and two children dead, the mother in a coma. What happened in a half-built suburban housing development to an apparently ordinary family? Star detective Kennedy has a high profile case that will test him in many ways and cost dearly.

Charming, funny and melancholy


By Graham Norton

A remote little village where nothing ever happens is shaken by the discovery of human remains near the local school. Sergeant Collins has his first real police investigation on his hands as the peaceful village slowly reveals the underlying anger and regret.

Contemporary and future classic

Normal people

By Sally Rooney

Marianne is the brilliant, rich outcast at school, Connell the popular, brilliant student and footballer. They are finding a strong connection, mentally and psychically, that is rekindled when they meet again at the university. But loving somebody and growing up is hard.

Did you know?

Even though the libraries are mostly closed, you can still get help through phone and mail. If you are working on your Bachelor or have a teenager doing their SRP, you can book a librarian at Roskilde Library and get help online via Zoom; a personal link where you will be guided and helped, all for free.

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