Wednesday 16th September

“A Kind Of Compass: Stories On Distance”, edited by Belinda McKeon

Belinda McKeon, editor and writer Éilís Ní Dhuibhne talk about a new anthology of short stories all written on the theme of feeling distant from home - “A Kind Of Compass: Stories On Distance” (published by Tramp Press)

Tuesday 15th September

Review: "Satin Island" by Tom McCarthy / Booker 2015 shortlist

Yvonne Nolan reviews “Satin Island” by Tom McCarthy, about an anthropologist named U employed by a faceless corporation to help them sell products (published by Jonathan Cape); it is one of the 6 novels shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize

Listen-back to some of the shortlisted novels featured on Arena at - Anne Tyler "A Spool Of Blue Thread" on 23/02/2015, Marlon James "A Brief History of Seven Killings" on 22/10/2014 and Hanya Yanagihara "A Little Life" on 24/08/2015

See full Booker shortlist at:

"Ragtime" by EL Doctorow

Sinead Gleeson re-examines the 1975 novel “Ragtime” by EL Doctorow (who died in July this year), a novel set in the New York area from 1902 until 1912, with brief scenes towards the end describing the United States entry into World War I in 1917

Monday 14th September

“The Game Changer” by Louise Phillips

Louise Phillips, author of “The Game Changer”, her fourth novel with criminal psychologist Kate Pearson and detective Adam O’Connor who are trying to solve a gruesome killing in New York and mysterious disappearances (published by Hachette Ireland)

Tuesday 8th September

"Among The Cows" by Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke reads “Among The Cows” from her debut poetry collection “The River” (published by Bloodaxe Books)

"We Don't Know What We're Doing" by Thomas Morris

Welsh writer Thomas Morris talks about his debut collection of short stories “We Don’t Know What We’re Doing”, stories which are all tied together by the town of Caerphilly in Wales (published by Faber & Faber)  

Review: "Reckless: My Life As A Pretender" by Chrissie Hynde

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Reckless: My Life As A Pretender”, the memoir from Chrissie Hynde (published by Ebury)

Monday 7th September

“Death At Whitewater Church” by Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter talks about her debut novel “Death At Whitewater Church”, a murder mystery set on the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal (published by Constable)

Friday 4th September

Review: "The Girl In The Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz

Arlene Hunt reviews "The Girl In The Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz, a new novel continuing the Stieg Larsson Millenium series with the characters from the previous novels Mikel Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander in a new investigation (published by Quercus)

Wednesday 2nd September

Review: “Entertain Us: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock In The Nineties” by Craig Shuftan

Róisín Dwyer reviews “Entertain Us: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock In The Nineties” by Craig Shuftan (published by ABC Books)



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