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People are losing the rag over three Irish books included in a "Best British Novels" list

James Joyce, John Banville and Flann O’Brien were featured in The Telegraph’s Best British Novels list.
Apr 15th 2014, 3:01 PM 26,856 79

Updated at 16.35pm

JAMES JOYCE, FLANN O’Brien and John Banville – famed British novelists? Not so fast, Telegraph.

The UK newspaper selected 20 books they consider to be the best ‘British’ novels of all time – three of which were by Irish authors.

Ulysses is the sixth book on the list, while The Sea by John Banville and Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds appear further down.

The newspaper has since changed the title of the article to ‘Best British and Irish novels’ – but not before an almighty outrage swept Twitter, somewhat understandably.

Now that it’s British AND Irish novels…why only three? You can’t win, Telegraph! You can’t win.

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