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.

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    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.

    'The Rising of Bella Casey' by Mary Morrissey

     Bella Casey was the real-life, enigmatic  sister of the playwright Seán O’Casey and  in her book, Mary Morrissey weaves the  real and the imagined together to tell  Bella’s story. 

     The story is read by the author and ‘The  Rising of Bella Casey’ is published by  Brandon, an imprint of The O’Brien Press.


    MONDAY
    Tonight’s episode is taken from the beginning of the book and takes place in Dublin in Easter Week 1916 and here we meet Bella for the first time,
    although by now.........she is known by her married name, Mrs. Beaver.

     

    TUESDAY
    Last night we met Bella for the first time in Easter week 1916. By then she was known by her married name Mrs. Beaver.

    Tonight, we’re going back in time.  The young Bella Casey has begun working as a teacher at St. Mary’s School on Dominick Street.  She loves her job but is finding her superior- The Reverend Archibald Leeper-  very difficult to please.

    In tonight’s episode, Reverend Leeper
    is about to visit to inspect her log books
    and records and Bella is preparing for his arrival.

    WEDNESDAY
    In tonight’s episode, the young Sean O’Casey....Jack as he was known then, remembers the day Bella came
    home with the news that she was to be married to Corporal Nick Beaver. 

    THURSDAY

    At this point in the story, Bella.....or Mrs. Beaver
    as she is now.....is living with her husband
    Nick and her daughter Susan.                        
    Things seems to be going well for her,
    but her former tormentor,
    her rapist.....the Reverend Leeper is never far away. 

    FRIDAY
    Bella’s husband Nick has been diagnosed with syphilis and the family has had to admit him to the madhouse. In tonight’s episode Bella is going to visit him for the first time. 

    NEXT WEEK ON THE BOOK ON ONE.......
    Colin Barrett will read stories from his collection 'Young Skins'.

    PREVIOUSLY ON THE BOOK ON ONE......

    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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