Yes, I said yes... Ulysses is a British novel

Telegraph top 20 British novels features five Irish authors


Relations between Ireland and Britain are at an all-time high, with the President even pledging his support for the England soccer team on his state visit to the UK last week.

But some things are just not allowed.

Calling Ireland and Britain the “British Isles”, referring to Britain as the mainland and the like are nails on a blackboard to Irish ears.

And as if calling our champion boxer Katie Taylor a British boxer wasn’t bad enough, the London-based Telegraph newspaper has now named its top 20 British novels and included a few unlikely (Irish) candidates.

Some of our most famous literary exports get a mention: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds , Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea and John Banville’s The Sea all make it onto the list.

Geography lesson required in Telegraph HQ perhaps?

(Update: 4.40pm: After a wave of social media and online comments pointing out The Telegraph’s error, the newspaper amended its headline and introduction to the article to include Ah-Land and the Ah-Rish )

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