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    Blake Morrison

    The writer Blake Morrison published And When Did You Last See Your Father in 1993. That memoir turned Blake into a literary sensation and also helped to change the way we viewed the genre. From mere autobiography they were suddenly works of serious literary merit with added psychological insights, sharing the struggle of life and a process of understanding.

    On Sunday Author Blake Morrison will be talking at the Mountains to Sea book festival in Dun Laoghaire and he joins Evelyn O Rourke from London.

    Blake's own favourite memoirs include This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff; Seamus Dean’s Reading in The Dark from 1996; Lora Sage's memoir Bad Blood; The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott; Dave Eggar’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; and Seamus Heaney's Stepping Stones.


    Posthumous publishing

    There are many writers whose work has only found great success after their death, Edel Coffey joins Evelyn to look at posthumous publishing.


    ASA Harrison first novel, Silent wife

    The author ASA Harrison died suddenly of cancer after her first novel had been published which was attracting promising reviews. Kathy D'Arcy has been reading it for Arena.



    Self-Published Author Catherine Ryan Howard on the world of self-publishing and advice for those hoping to publish themselves.


    Marilyn Monroe

    John Byrne on the book 'Marilyn, the Passion and the Paradox' by Lois Banner which is Published by Bloomsbury.


    Book Review

    Arlene Hunt reviews 'Unseen' by Karin Slaughter with Evelyn O'Rourke. The Publishers are Century.


    Author Alan McMonagle

    Alan McMonagle on his book 'Psychotic Episodes' which is Published by Arlen House.


    Book Review - Red or Dead

    Declan Burke reviews 'Red or Dead' by David Peace with Evelyn O'Rourke. The book looks at the brilliance of Liverpool Manager Bill Shankly. The Publishers are Faber.


    Book Review - Stoner

    Sinead Gleeson reviews 'Stoner' by John Williams which was written almost 50 years ago but is storming up the bestsellers lists. The Publishers are Vintage Press.

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