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    Loves: singer Julianna Barwick

    Author Paul Murray explains why he loves the music of Julianna Barwick

    (for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)


    Review: "The Discreet Hero" by Mario Vargas Llosa

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Discreet Hero” by Nobel prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, following the parallel lives of two men from different social classes in Peru (published by Faber & Faber)


    "The Mark and the Void" by Paul Murray

    Paul Murray chats about his latest novel “The Mark and the Void”, a story revolving around Claude, a Frenchman living in Dublin at the height of the Celtic Tiger years (published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)


    Review: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" by David Shafer

    Declan Burke reviews “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” by David Shafer, a techno- thriller exploring how 21st century technology allows corporations and governments to control all aspects of our lives (published by Penguin)


    Man Booker longlist for 2015

    Sinead Gleeson with the books that have made the longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

    See full list at Man Booker website:

    Of the 13 titles on the longlist, 3 of the authors previously talked to Arena about their novels.  You can listen-back to those interviews by clicking on the links below:

    to hear Anne Enright discuss "The Green Road" on 8th May 2015 -

    to hear Andrew O'Hagan discuss "The Illuminations" on 9th February 2015 -

    to hear Marlon James discuss "A Brief History of Seven Killings" on 22nd October 2014 -





    "The Ringer" by Jane Clarke

    Jane Clarke reads "The Ringer" from her debut poetry collection "The River" (published by Bloodaxe Books)


    "Lost Between: Writings On Displacement" anthology

    Catherine Dunne and Nuala Ní Chonchúir, two of the contributors to a new anthology of short stories by Irish and Italian writers on the theme of movement/displacement – “Lost Between: Writings On Displacement” (published by New Island Books)


    Review: "Armada" by Ernest Cline

    Rick O’Shea reviews “Armada” by Ernest Cline, set in a dystopian world where governments use movies and video games as propaganda to prepare for an alien invasion (published by Century)

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