Books

Tuesday 18th August

"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert

Mary McGill on the classic French novel “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert

Monday 17th August

Review: "On Writing" by Charles Bukowski

Dave Lordan reviews “On Writing” by American poet Charles Bukowski, a previously unpublished selection of his correspondence from the 1940’s to the late 1990’s showing the late Bukowski’s attitude to other writers and the world around him (published by Canongate)

"Death By Video Game" by Simon Parkin

Simon Parkin, author of “Death By Video Game” which asks if the over-use of video games is bad for our health (published by Serpents Tail)

Thursday 13th August

Review: "Let Me Tell You" by Shirley Jackson

Sinead Gleeson reviews “Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writings” by the American writer Shirley Jackson (published by Penguin Classics)

Wednesday 12th August

"Early Warning" by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley chats about her latest novel “Early Warning”, the second instalment in her Last Hundred Years trilogy and continuing the story of the Langdon family through the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s (published by Mantle)

Tuesday 11th August

“The Midnight Court: Eleven Versions of Merriman” by Gregory A Schirmer

Gregory A Schirmer, author of “The Midnight Court: Eleven Versions of Merriman”, how the famously bawdy 18th century poem has been tackled by eleven different translators (published by Lilliput Press)

Review: “It’s One For The Money: The Song Snatchers Who Carved Up A Century of Pop and Sparked a Musical Revolution” by Clinton Heylin

Róisín Dwyer reviews “It’s One For The Money: The Song Snatchers Who Carved Up A Century of Pop and Sparked a Musical Revolution” by Clinton Heylin (published by Constable)

Monday 10th August

Loves: singer Julianna Barwick

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

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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)

Thursday 6th August

"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)

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