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.

    'First Love' by Ivan Turgenev

    Three friends have just finished a meal together and they have decided that they will tell each other the story of their first loves. Our narrator, Vladimir, doesn’t want to tell his story because he feels he would tell it badly. Instead he offers to write it all down and come back two weeks later and read it to them.  'First Love' is that story-  a first love between our narrator and his neighbour Zinaida. 

    The reader is Robert O’Mahoney.

    The translation is by Richard Freeborn and it’s published by Oxford World’s Classics. 


    September 22-26- 'The Big Chapel' by Thomas Kilroy, read by Breandán Ó Dúill. 

    September 15-19- 'Young Skins'- stories from Colin Barrett's collection read by the author. 

    September 8-12 'The Rising of Bella Casey' by Mary Morrissey. 

    September 1-5 ‘The Herbalist’ by Niamh Boyce. 

    August 25-29 'The Return of the Brute' by Liam O'Flaherty. 

    August 18-22 'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West. 

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    Producer: Aoife Nic Cormaic

    Schedule Open Schedule