Written by
James Joyce
Introduced by
Bob Joyce
Edited by
Jamie O’Connell
Best-loved Joyce

A beautiful and accessible introduction to the writings of James Joyce. Short, entertaining quotes from his major works: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, with more from his poetry & letters, and some family anecdotes handed down to grand-nephew Bob Joyce.

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A beautiful and accessible collection of quotes and short extracts taken from the major works of James Joyce: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, with additional quotes from Joyce’s poetry & letters.

Best-Loved Joyce is a collection of the writer’s wit and wisdom on truth, love, family, art, literature, music, living, religion, mortality, history, politics, and Ireland. Grand-nephew Bob Joyce's introduction focuses on the life, works and the man.


James Joyce (1882–1941) is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the twentieth century. After graduating from University College Dublin, Joyce went to Paris. During World War One, Joyce and Barnacle, and their two children, Giorgio and Lucia, moved to Zurich where Joyce began Ulysses. He returned to Paris for two decades, and his reputation as an avant-garde writer grew. Joyce’s works include the short story collection Dubliners (1914); novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939); two poetry collections Chamber Music (1907) and Pomes Penyeach (1927); and one play, Exiles (1918). Every year on 16 June, Joyceans across the globe celebrate Bloomsday, the day on which the action of Ulysses took place, proving Joyce’s importance to literature.

Bob Joyce is a grand-nephew of James Joyce, and is on the board of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.

Dublin-based writer, Jamie O’Connell teaches in University College Dublin and works in publishing. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals, featured on RTÉ Radio, and he has read at many festivals and universities in Ireland, China, Spain and the USA. His work has been short-listed for the Maeve Binchy Award and the Sky Arts Future’s Fund, and long-listed for BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Short Story Competition.


Many tourists will be delighted to acquire a copy of Best-Loved Joyce, Jamie O’Connell’s selection of quotations and short extracts from Joyce’s fiction, portraying the author at his most accessible. It’s a beautifully produced little volume, lavishly illustrated by Emma Byrne, with a striking cloth cover, silk bookmark, and an introduction by Bob Joyce, James Joyce’s great-nephew, who writes how “Joyce was a conjuror with words and captured the essence of all human life” – or, as a line from Finnegans Wake has it, “They lived und laughed ant loved end left”


a wonderful collection of political, social and cultural writing you can dip in and out of

The Gloss, Irish Times


Books Ireland

a beautiful and accessible introduction to the writings of James Joyce

Ireland’s Own

a very enjoyable book… beautifully designed … great illustrations by Emma Byrne

BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show

a great introduction to the writing of James Joyce

Sunday World
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