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.

    'The Big Chapel' by Thomas Kilroy

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    This week's Book on One will be 'The Big Chapel', read by Breandán Ó Dúill.

      As playwright and poet Thomas Kilroy celebrates his 80th birthday on September 23rd, the Book on One this week features his award winning 1971 novel 'The Big Chapel', a story based on a notorious clerical scandal in Ireland in the 1870s.  This is a special recording from the RTÉ archives and it was first broadcast in 1984. 

    The reader is Breandán Ó Dúill. 

    Tonight, we'll hear the opening of the novel. Listen


    Father Lannigan was the parish priest of a town, just outside Kilkenny,  called Kyle.  But on account of a dispute over who would control the town’s schools, he began a fierce quarrel with his bishop and his cardinal, which resulted in his suspension. Last night we heard the opening of the novel but by now the people in the town are split between Father Lannigan’s supporters and those who back the bishop.

    In tonight’s episode, it’s Christmas 1871 and tensions in the town are running dangerously high.


    September 15-19- 'Young Skins'- stories from Colin Barrett's collection read by the author. Click here to find out more and to listen back. 

    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. 

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

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