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 Thursday 20th November 2014

    This week we’re listening to Jhumpa Lahiri’s Booker nominated novel, ‘The Lowland’.

    'The Lowland' tells the story of two brothers, Udayan and Subhash. 

    After college in Calcutta, Subhash went to America to do a PhD. Udayan remained in India. When Subhash was still in Calcutta, Udayan had been a supporter of the Naxalites....fighting to eradicate poverty and inequality. .....although his most recent letters to Subhash had suggested that he was no longer involved in the movement. 

    One day, in Rhode Island, Subhash receives a telegram telling him that Udayan has been killed and asking him to come home if he can.

    The story is read now by Karen Ardiff.

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    Producer: Aoife Nic Cormaic

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