Arena With Seán Rocks

    Monday - Friday 7-8pm

    Books

    Listen

    Colin Barrett, award-winning author

    Colin Barrett reacts to announcement he is the winner of this year’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection “Young Skins” (published by The Stinging Fly)

    Listen

    Amy Bloom, author

    Amy Bloom talks about her novel “Lucky Us”, the story of Iris and Eva who are half-sisters trying to bond when they move to Hollywood so one can be a star (published by Granta)

    Listen

    Classic Read - Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

    Everyone has the book that they consider a classic...from ‘Bleak House’ to ‘Catch 22’ and everything in between.   These are books that speak across the generations and deserve a place on every book shelf.

    In the first of an occasional series, we’ve asked Yvonne Nolan to nominate her choice for a classic read.....

    Listen

    Book Review: Acceptance by Jan VanderMeer

    Award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer is highly regarded in the field of fantasy writing and he has just published the third book in his latest trilogy, known as the Southern Reach trilogy. The book is called Acceptance and Jeff is here to discuss it with me now...

    Listen

    Book Review: The Dog

    Cork born writer Joseph O'Neill came to prominence with the 2008 novel 'Netherland' which was long-listed for the Man Booker prize. His follow-up novel, 'The Dog' has also made this year's longlist... Sinéad Gleeson has read it for us

    Listen

    Book: J by Howard Jacobson

    Howard Jacobson is a Man Booker prize-winning British author and journalist. He is best known for writing comic novels that often revolve around the dilemmas of British Jewish characters.

    His books include The Mighty Walzer (1999), winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; Kalooki Nights (2006), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and The Finkler Question (2010), winner of the Man Booker Prize.

    His most recent, J, is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

    Listen

    Book Review: The Paying Guests

    The Paying Guests is the 6th novel from the British author Sarah Waters. Set in London in the 1920s it focuses on the change in society and women’s independence after the Great War. Edel Coffey has been reading it for us.

    Listen

    Book Review: Bitter Remedy by Conor Fitzgerald

    Bitter Remedy is the fifth novel from Rome-based crime writer Conor Fitzgerald, and the latest in his series of books featuring Commissioner Alec Blume. Declan Burke has been reading it for us.

    Listen

    Books - Latest Fiction

    Edel Coffey looks at the latest popular fiction just published or about to be published. Her list includes:

    Roisin Meaney’s After the Wedding is published by Hachette books

    If You Were Me by Sheila O’ Flanagan is published by Headline

    The Blazing World from Siri Hustvedt has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize this year…and is published by Simon & Schuster

    Ciara Geraghty’s Now That I’ve Found You is published by Hachette Books.

    A debut novel from the English journalist Cáitlin Moran called How to Build a Girl, is published by Ebury Press.

    A couple of books now that haven’t been published yet:

    Each and Every One by Rachael English will be published by Orion Books on the 11th of September.

    Finally then is the latest novel from one of the doyennes of Irish popular fiction Cathy Kelly, it’s called It Started with Paris and is available on 9th October from Orion Books 

    Arena With Seán Rocks

    Latest Show

    Arena With Seán Rocks on Twitter

    Presenter: Seán Rocks

    Schedule Open Schedule