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.

    Book On One Monday 20th April 2015

    This week The Book On One completes Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy with The Van. The novel was published in 1991 and is set against the backdrop of the Italia 90 soccer tournament when Ireland reached the quarter-finals.

    In The Van Jimmy Rabbitte Snr has been made redundant, as has his friend Brendan ‘’Bimbo’’ Reeves. They decide to invest in a van and set up a fast food business together. 

    Initially it’s a great success as the football fans stream out the pubs for a post-match fix but the business soon puts pressure on Jimmy and Bimbo’s friendship. 

    The Van was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize. It’s read for The Book On One by the author, Roddy Doyle.

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