Arena With Seán Rocks

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    "Early Warning" by Jane Smiley

    Jane Smiley chats about her latest novel “Early Warning”, the second instalment in her Last Hundred Years trilogy and continuing the story of the Langdon family through the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s (published by Mantle)


    Review: "The Discreet Hero" by Mario Vargas Llosa

    Yvonne Nolan reviews “The Discreet Hero” by Nobel prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa, following the parallel lives of two men from different social classes in Peru (published by Faber & Faber)


    Loves: singer Julianna Barwick

    Author Paul Murray explains why he loves the music of Julianna Barwick

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


    "The Mark and the Void" by Paul Murray

    Paul Murray chats about his latest novel “The Mark and the Void”, a story revolving around Claude, a Frenchman living in Dublin at the height of the Celtic Tiger years (published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)


    Review: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" by David Shafer

    Declan Burke reviews “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” by David Shafer, a techno- thriller exploring how 21st century technology allows corporations and governments to control all aspects of our lives (published by Penguin)


    Man Booker longlist for 2015

    Sinead Gleeson with the books that have made the longlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize

    See full list at Man Booker website:

    Of the 13 titles on the longlist, 3 of the authors previously talked to Arena about their novels.  You can listen-back to those interviews by clicking on the links below:

    to hear Anne Enright discuss "The Green Road" on 8th May 2015 -

    to hear Andrew O'Hagan discuss "The Illuminations" on 9th February 2015 -

    to hear Marlon James discuss "A Brief History of Seven Killings" on 22nd October 2014 -




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