Books

Wednesday 4th February

"Spill Simmer Falter Wither" by Sara Baume

Short story writer Sara Baume talks about her debut novel “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” (published by Tramp Press)

Book review: "Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys" by Viv Albertine

Edel Coffey reviews the memoir “Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys” by Viv Albertine, formerly of British all-girl punk band The Slits (published by Faber)

Tuesday 3rd February

Book review: "An Untamed State" by Roxane Gay

Sinead Gleeson reviews “An Untamed State” by Roxane Gay, a thriller set against the backdrop of a kidnapping in Haiti (published by Grove Atlantic)

Monday 2nd February

"Odysseus Abroad" by Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri talks about his new novel “Odysseus Abroad”, a day-in-the-life of two Indian men in London in the 1980’s (published by One World)

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.

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