What To Read If You're Missing 'Derry Girls'

By Carrie McBride, Communications
November 2, 2022
four teenagers dressed in school uniform

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Derry Girls, created and written by Lisa McGee and streaming in the US on Netflix, follows the exploits and shenanigans of five friends coming of age in Derry, Northern Ireland against the backdrop of the decades-long conflict known as the Troubles. The comedy series won audiences over with its eccentric characters, 90s nostalgia, and the ride-or-die friendship of Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle, and James who navigate adolescence, the strictures of Our Lady Immaculate College, and a multitude of mishaps (almost all of their own making) with a charming mix of cringe, hilarity, and heart.

The third season of Derry Girls recently aired and, sadly, it was the last one. While its tone and sensibility are all its own, we have some reading recommendations for fans of the show including learning about the history of Ireland, memoirs and fiction colored by the Troubles, and YA stories that feature strong group friendships.


Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.