Happy St. Patrick's Day! Though today, it's a holiday that's more about donning something green and heading out to grab a pint or two, St. Patrick--or St. Pátraic, in Old Irish--has a history as complex as Ireland itself. From Ireland's myths and legends to the literary contributions of great Irish writers, there's so much more to discover than just the bottom of a pint glass, and you won't need to luck to find it! We've put together a reading list to help you explore the landscape, culture, and history of Ireland, from guidebooks for your next visit to novels that will take you there without having to leave your armchair.
And yes—they're all best when paired with a Guinness.