Arena With Seán Rocks

Arena With Seán Rocks

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Books

Monday 2nd February

Book review: "Over Our Heads" by Andrew Fox

Rick O’Shea reviews “Over Our Heads”, a debut collection of short stories by Irish author Andrew Fox (published by Penguin)

Friday 30th January

Best in crime fiction

Declan Burke with a round-up of the latest crime fiction –

“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (published by Hodder & Stoughton)

“The Hummingbird” by Kati Hiekkapelto (published by Arcadia Books)

“Gun Street Girl” by Adrian McKinty (published by Serpent’s Tail)

“Malice” by Keigo Higashino (published by Little Brown)

“Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke (published by Orion)  

Thursday 29th January

Ireland's first Laureate for Fiction

Anne Enright reacts to the announcement that she has been appointed  Ireland’s first Laureate for Fiction

Tuesday 27th January

Celia de Fréine, poet

Celia de Fréine talks about her latest collection of poetry “A Lesson in Can’t”, inspired by the time she spent teaching travellers (published by Scotus Press)

(for copyright reasons this item is not available to download as a podcast)

Monday 26th January

"Cowboys and Indies" by Gareth Murphy

Gareth Murphy, author of “Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry” (published by Serpents Tail)

Friday 23rd January

Will Boast: Epilogue

Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will's—a wife and two sons in England.

Will transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way.

Thursday 22nd January

Book Review + Wolf Hall Review

The Girl on the Train is the debut novel from Paula Hawkins. Described as a modern “Rear Window”, it centres on a woman fantasising about the people living in the homes that she passes on her daily commute.

Declan Burke has been reading it for us and he also watched the first episode of Wolf Hall which aired on BBC2 last night.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is published by Doubleday.

Tuesday 20th January

Book Review: Quarantine

Louisa Cameron of Raven Books bookshop runs book groups and clubs for people of all ages. She has chosen the book ‘Quarantine’ by Jim Crace as a ‘great read’ and she’s in studio to discuss it.

Monday 19th January

Book Review: The Possibilities

The Possibilities is the second novel from American author Kaui Hart Hemmings. Her debut novel, The Descendants, was adapted into an Oscar winning movie and in this new book she once again looks at a family dealing with grief. Edel Coffey has been reading it.

Wednesday 14th January

Ben Lerner

10:04 is the new book by American poet, novelist, essayist and critic Ben Lerner. Focusing on the events and relationships of a year in the life of an author trying to fulfil his contract by expanding a short story into a novel, the book explores the many ways in which we use fiction to organize our realities.

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