Wednesday 10th June

Review: "Naked At The Albert Hall" by Tracey Thorn

Julie Feeney reviews “Naked At The Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing” by Tracey Thorn, an examination of the art of singing (published by Virago)

Tuesday 9th June

IMPAC shortlist - "Harvest" by Jim Crace

Kay Sheehy with the eighth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “Harvest” by Jim Crace, set in a medieval English village as subsistence farming is forced to give way to wool production and a generation of peasant farmers are displaced (published by Picador)

"My Buried Life" by Doreen Finn

Doreen Finn talks about her debut novel “My Buried Life”, the story of an embittered poet who, after returning to her native Dublin following the death of her estranged mother, must confront her family’s long-held secrets (published by New Island)

Monday 8th June

Review: "Tender" by Belinda McKeon

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Tender”, the second novel by Belinda McKeon. It is set in Ireland in the late 1990’s and centres on the friendship between a student Catherine and her friend James and what happens when friendship turns into something more for one of them (published by Picador)

"All That I Leave Behind" by Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh talks about her novel “All That I Leave Behind” , the story of the long-term emotional and psychological effects of a mother’s act of abandoning her four children and focusing on each of their five points-of-view (published by Hachette Books Ireland)

Friday 5th June

IMPAC shortlist - "The Narrow Road To The Deep North" by Richard Flanagan

Kay Sheehy with the seventh review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “The Narrow Road To The Deep North” by Richard Flanagan, set mainly in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Burma during World War II (published by Vintage)

Thursday 4th June

"Tanglewood" by Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger talks about his latest novel “Tanglewood”, set in Blackrock, Dublin in 2007 it charts the relationships of two marriages during the boom and bust of Celtic Tiger Ireland (published by New Island), he also talks about the poem he was commissioned to write to celebrate 300 years of the Mansion House


Wednesday 3rd June

Review: "God Help The Child" by Toni Morrison

Yvonne Nolan reviews “God Help The Child” by Toni Morrison, which address issues of racism within the black community and the impact of childhood trauma (published by Chatto & Windus)

"Let Me Be Frank With You" by Richard Ford

Richard Ford reads an extract from the novella “The New Normal”, taken from his latest novel “Let Me Be Frank With You”

Tuesday 2nd June

IMPAC shortlist - "TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann

Kay Sheehy with the sixth review of novels on the IMPAC shortlist – “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann, a fictional family of inter-generational women set against the backdrop of three historic Irish journeys (Atlantic crossing by Alcock and Brown in 1919,1845 anti slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass lectures in Cork and in 1998 George Mitchell helps broker the Good Friday Agreement) (published by Random House)



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