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    Man Booker Prize Shortlist

    Evelyn O'Rourke on this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist with Colm Tóibín, one of the shortlisted writers for 'The Testament Of Mary' -


    Fatty Arbuckle Book

    John Byrne on the book 'Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, the Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe and the Scandal That Changed Hollywood' by Greg Merritt which is Published by Chicago Review Press.


    KLF - Jim Carroll

    Jim Carroll has been reading about this 1990s band in a new book is called The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned A Million Pounds and is written by John Higgs.Before we get to the burning of one million pounds - place the KLF in their 1990s musical context


    Hannah Kent - Burial Rites

    Australian writer Hannah Kent's debut novel Burial Rites is set in the harsh world of 19th century Iceland. Based on real events, it's the story of Agnes Magnúsdottír. Hannah Kent joined Sean live in studio.


    Biographies - Simon Maher

    Biographies and autobiographies are staples of the best seller list. We asked Simon Maher to give us his pick of the ones to look out for....and perhaps give us an insight into why we love reading about other people's lives.


    Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood talking to Evelyn O'Rourke. Atwood's latest book is called MaddAddam is published by Bloomsbury. Margaret Atwood is in Dublin for the Mountains to Sea Festival dlrBook Festival.


    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.

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