Thursday 18th February

Review: "Avenue of Mysteries" by John Irving

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving , about an ageing creative writing professor reflecting on his childhood in Mexico, his mind-reading sister and a Jesuit orphanage (published by Simon & Schuster)

Wednesday 17th February

Review: “Paulina & Fran” by Rachel B Glaser

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Paulina & Fran” by Rachel B Glaser, a debut novel about the friendship between two girls from New England who meet at art school (published by Granta)

Tuesday 16th February

"Citizens" by Kevin Curran

Kevin Curran chats about his latest novel “Citizens”, the story of two Dublin men who live a century apart - 1916 and 2011 (published by Liberties Press)

Monday 15th February

"Paper Cuts" by Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman talks about his latest novel “Paper Cuts”, the story of a journalist returning home to Bangor from London and taking over the running of the local newspaper The Bangor Express (published by Head of Zeus)

Thursday 11th February

Review: “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah

Arlene Hunt reviews “The Narrow Bed” by Sophie Hannah, about a comedienne who discovers her grandmother may have been murdered by the serial killer Billy No-Mates (published by Hodder & Staughton)

Wednesday 10th February

"Rebel Sisters" by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Marita Conlon-McKenna chats about her latest novel “Rebel Sisters”, based on the true story of the three privileged Gifford sisters living in Ranelagh who were caught up in the Irish fight for freedom in 1916 (published by Transworld)

Friday 5th February

“Under The Udala Trees" by Chinelo Okparanta

Chinelo Okparanta talks about her debut novel “Under The Udala Trees”, the story of a young girl who loses her parents in war-torn Biafra, a close friendship with another lost girl and dealing with her sexuality in adulthood (published by Granta)

Thursday 4th February

“This Living and Immortal Thing” by Austin Duffy

Austin Duffy talks about his debut novel “This Living and Immortal Thing”, a story about an Irish oncologist living in New York and working in the area of cancer research (published by Granta)

Wednesday 3rd February

"Eugene Onegin" by Alexander Pushkin

Anthony Thuillier with a guide to the classic novel-in-verse “Eugene/Yevgeny Onegin” by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin for which a new translation by Anthony Briggs has just been published (published by Pushkin Press)

Monday 1st February

Review: "The Outrun" by Amy Liptrot

Sinead Gleeson reviews “The Outrun” by Amy Liptrot, a memoir about a young woman's rural life on the Orkney islands, her father’s mental illness, her move to London, alcoholism and eventual move back to the islands (published by Canongate)



Contact the Show


Twitter: @RTEArena

Text: 51551

Presenter: Seán Rocks


Ways to Listen

Radio Player