The Book On One

    Monday to Friday, 11.10pm

    The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.


    You can listen back to the last four weeks of The Book on One here. Click on 'listen back further' and choose the date you would like to hear : Listen You can find the date of your chosen book in the section marked '2013 Archive' above.

    We also have a selection of classic books, which are available to listen to at any time in the 'classic reads' section above.

    'Young Skins' by Colin Barrett

      This week on The Book on One, writer      Colin Barrett will be reading two stories,  'Diamonds' and 'The Moon' from his debut   collection 'Young Skins'.  On Friday night,  he will be presented with the Frank  O’Connor international short story award  at the 15th Cork International Short Story  Festival. 

    'Young Skins' is published by The Stinging Fly Press. 

    Tonight, we'll hear the opening section of 'Diamonds' read by Colin Barrett. 

    Tonight we’ll hear the second extract from a story called ‘Diamonds’ -the narrator was living in the city, drinking too much....and he has just moved back to the town where he grew up, hoping to live a quieter life .....working in his old school.  One evening when he is attending an AA meeting in the town he notices a woman, about his own age, but they haven’t yet spoken to each other.   

    Tonight we’ll hear the final extract from ‘Diamonds’.

    The narrator had been living in the city....but he had been drinking too much and finally decided that he had a choice between dying or moving home. So he moved back to his home town, got a job in his old school and tried to live a quieter life.  One night, at an AA meeting, he met a woman and they went home together......and shared a bottle of whiskey.

    Tonight we’re going to hear the opening section of  'The Moon', our second short story from Colin Barrett's collection ‘Young Skins’

    Tonight, the final section of 'The Moon'- Valentine Neary is a bouncer at the Peacock Bar and Nightclub.  Martina Boran is the owner’s daughter and she and Valentine have been meeting up casually during the summer, although they have kept that to themselves. In tonight’s episode, Valentine, Martina and Martina’s friend Joan are having a drink after their shift has ended at the Peacock.  

    Thomas Kilroy's booker nominated novel 'The Big Chapel' read by Breandán Ó Dúill. 


    September 8-12 'The Rising of Bella Casey' by Mary Morrissey. Click here to find out more and to listen back. 

    September 1-5 ‘The Herbalist’ by Niamh Boyce. Click here to find out more and listen back.

    August 25-29 'The Return of the Brute' by Liam O'Flaherty. Click here to find out more and to listen back.

    August 18-22 'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West. Click here to find out more and to listen back.

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    Producer: Aoife Nic Cormaic

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