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 Herbalist' by Niamh Boyce

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    'The Herbalist' by Niamh Boyce, read by Caitriona Ní Mhurchú.

      This week we’re listening to ‘The     Herbalist’ by Niamh Boyce, who won the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year award at last year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish book awards for this novel.

    ‘The Herbalist’  tells the story of a group of women in 1930s Ireland and the effect a glamorous, enigmatic stranger has on all their lives.

    The reader is Caitríona Ní Mhurchú. 

    'The Herbalist' is published by Penguin.

    In the first episode, one of the novel's narrators, Emily, is instantly spellbound by the exotic herbalist and
    tonight we begin with her story.

    In tonight’s episode, Emily is trying to come to terms with the recent death of her mother. 


    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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