Books

Monday 4th January

Review: "The Good Liar" by Nicholas Searle

Rick O’Shea reviews “The Good Liar”, the debut novel by Nicholas Searle about Roy, a man in his 80s about to pull off one last con to set him up ...

Friday 18th December

"Hopscotch", a memoir by Hilary Fannin

Hilary Fannin chats about her memoir about her childhood “Hopscotch” (published by Doubleday)

Thursday 17th December

"Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads" by Jimmy Crowley

Irish folk singer/song collector Jimmy Crowley chats about and performs some of the ballads featured in his new book “Songs From The Beautiful City: The Cork Urban Ballads” (published by Free ...

Wednesday 16th December

The life and works of Rudyard Kipling

Darragh Downes on the life and works of Rudyard Kipling, in this year the 150th anniversary of his birth

Favourite crime novels of the year

Declan Burke picks his favourite crime novels of 2015 - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng (Black Friars), "With Our Blessing" by Jo Spain (Quercus), "The Way of Sorrows" by ...

Tuesday 15th December

Review: “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas Greco

Róisín Dywer reviews the new book “David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of 1.Outside and the Late Career” by Nicholas P. Greco, a look at how Bowie has negotiated the ...

Thursday 10th December

Inner-city life and "Dublin Seven" by Frankie Gaffney

Poet Karl Parkinson, who grew up in inner-city Dublin, on how realistic the depiction of inner-city life is in the debut novel “Dublin Seven” by Frankie Gaffney (published by Liberties ...

Wednesday 9th December

"Charlotte Bronte: A Life" by Claire Harman

Claire Harman talks about her biography “Charlotte Bronte: A Life” (published by Viking)

Tuesday 8th December

"Jobs For A Wet Day" by Ger Reidy

Ger Reidy chats about his first collection of short stories which are inspired by rural life - “Jobs For A Wet Day”, his recent collection of poetry is "Before Rain" ...

Review: "The Penguin Book of the British Short Story" edited by Philip Hensher

Sinead Gleeson reviews a new collection of 90 British short stories – “The Penguin Book of the British Short Story” edited by Philip Henscher (published by Penguin Classics)

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