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    Best in crime fiction

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

    “Second Life” by SJ Watson (published by Doubleday)

    “Stumped” by Rob Kitchin (published by 280 Steps)

    “Behind God’s Back” by Harri Nykänen (published by Bitter Lemon Press)

    “The Human Flies” by Hans Olav Lahlum (published by Mantle)

    “The Whites” by Harry Brandt (published by Bloomsbury)

     

    The Sculptor

    Would you give up a lifetime of suburban comfort for just 200 days of supreme artistic accomplishment?

    That’s the question at the heart of a new Graphic Novel, The Sculptor, by the so called ‘Aristotle of Comics’ Scott McCloud.

    Fellow Graphic Novellist, Dave Hendrick has been reading it for us, and joins Seán in studio

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    Love Songs:The Hidden History

    Love Songs have been part of human culture for thousands of years. But where did they originate? And how have they developed and changed across the centuries? These are some of the questions, posed in a new book. ‘Love Songs: The Hidden History’ by Ted Gioia, published by Oxford University Press. John Byrne has been reading it...

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    The Metamorphosis

    Daragh Downes joined Sean in studio to talk about Frank Kafka’s short story ‘The Metamorphosis’ which was published 100 years ago. It tells the story of a man who wakes up one day to find that he has been transformed into a beetle.

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    "The Buried Giant" by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his latest novel “The Buried Giant”, a fable (set in post-Roman Britain after the death of King Arthur) about a couple on a journey to find their long-lost son (published by Faber & Faber)

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    Hennessy New Irish Writer 2015

    Sara Baume who has just been announced as the winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writer prize and the Emerging Fiction Writer for her short story “Dancing Or Beginning To Dance”

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