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    Book on One 2012 Archive

    Francis MacManus Prizewinners' Season - Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th December

    In The Book on One slot this week, a chance to hear early prize-winning stories by some of Ireland's best writers from the archives of the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in memory of Francis MacManus, which was founded in 1986.

    Tuesday 25 December - 'Where The Water's Deepest' by Claire Keegan, read by Kate Minogue.

    An au pair looks after the young son of an American couple.

    First broadcast in 1996.

    Wednesday 26 December - 'The Suit' by Pat Boran, read by Joe Taylor.

    A man returns home to the village he grew up in, dressed in a canary yellow suit.

    First broadcast in 1991.

    Thursday 27 December - 'The Wind Across The Grass' by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, read by Bill Golding.

    Inside the mind of an elderly man living in a nursing home.

    First broadcast in 2003.

    Friday 28 December - 'The Clear Night of Day' by Michael Coady, read by Colm Hefferon.

    A man gets up in the middle of the night, his mind wandering over events from the past.

    First broadcast 1988.

    'The Dead' by James Joyce, read by Stephen Rea - Monday 10th to Friday 14th December and 17th to 20th December

    The book is James Joyce’s 1914 short story collection ‘Dubliners’.

    Stephen Rea reads ‘The Dead’ - the final story in the collection - over the course of two weeks.

    ‘The Dead’ centres on Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta, who attend the annual dinner dance hosted by Gabriel’s elderly aunts. Throughout the course of the evening, Gabriel has a series of awkward encounters and comes to realise how little he knows of his wife’s past.

    'The Boat' by Nam Le - Monday 3rd to Friday 7th December

    The book is the short story collection 'The Boat' by the award-winning Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le.

    Over the course of the week, Gary Murphy reads the opening story - 'Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice' - in which a writer completing a degree in America receives a visit from his father whom he has not seen for three years.

    'You' by Nuala Ní Chonchúir - Monday 26th to Friday 30th November

    Set in Dublin in 1980, Nuala Ní Chonchúir's debut novel centres on a 10-year-old girl trying to look after her troubled mother and two younger brothers, and traces the aftermath of a tragedy that befalls the family.

    The reader is Martina Carroll.

    'You' by Nuala Ní Chonchúir is published by New Island.

    'On Canaan's Side' by Sebastian Barry - Monday 19th to Friday 23rd November

    89-year-old Lily Bere is grieving for her grandson, Bill, who has just died in the war in Afghanistan, and looking back over her own life, beginning with her enforced flight from Ireland to America decades earlier.

    The reader is Áine Ní Mhuirí.

    'On Canaan's Side' by Sebastian Barry is published by Faber and Faber.

    'Dark Lies The Island' by Kevin Barry - Monday 12th to Friday 16th November

    Kevin Barry reads from his most recent short story collection 'Dark Lies The Island'.

    On Monday, 'Across The Rooftops' tracks the progress of a kiss that just won't happen.

    On Tuesday, 'A Cruelty' tells the story of a man whose routine is destroyed by an unexpected encounter.

    And in 'Doctor Sot' - which will be heard from Wednesday to Friday - a doctor plagued by headaches finds himself drawn to a beautiful New Age Traveller.

    'Dark Lies The Island' is published by Jonathan Cape.

    'Jamaica Inn' by Daphne du Maurier - Monday 5th to Friday 9th November

    Set in 1820, 'Jamaica Inn' tells the story of Mary Yellan, a young woman whose mother's death forces her on a journey across the moors of Cornwall to live with her aunt and uncle who run the isolated Jamaica Inn. Before long, Mary becomes aware of sinister night-time goings-on involving a gang of murderous wreckers who run ships aground to steal their cargo.

    The reader is David Bickley.

    'Jamaica Inn' is published by Virago.

    'Dracula' by Bram Stoker - Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November

    To mark the centenary year of the author, The Book on One this week features an archive recording of 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker, read by Aiden Grennell, in a 1999 production by Séamus Hosey.

    'The China Factory' by Mary Costello - Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October

    This week the book is 'The China Factory', the debut collection of short stories by Mary Costello.

    From Monday to Wednesday, we'll hear 'The Sewing Room' in which a retired schoolteacher recalls the single event of her youth that changed her life forever.

    And on Thursday and Friday, in 'Things I See', a married woman is unsettled by a visit from her younger sister, a cellist.

    The reader is Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.

    'The China Factory' by Mary Costello is published by The Stinging Fly Press.

    'Chronicles: Volume One' by Bob Dylan - Monday 15th to Friday 19th October

    Bob Dylan's memoir 'Chronicles: Volume One' is read by Roger Gregg.

    Through Dylan's eyes we see Greenwich Village during the early 1960s, after he first arrives in Manhattan.

    The book is published by Simon & Schuster.

    'Chronicles: Volume One' © 2004 Bob Dylan.

    'The Empty Family' by Colm Tóibín - Monday 8th October to Friday 12th October

    Colm Tóibín reads from his collection of short stories 'The Empty Family'.

    'The Empty Family' is published by Penguin.

    'Sanctuary Line' by Jane Urquhart - Monday 1st to Friday 5th October

    Liz Crane, an entomologist, returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse on the shore of Lake Erie, Ontario, to study the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies.

    During her time there, she remembers her charismatic Uncle Stanley, her late cousin Mandy who was killed on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and Teo, the young Mexican boy who used to work each summer in the family orchards.

    The book is read by the author.

    'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens' - Monday 3rd to Friday 28th September

    To mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, throughout the month of September 'The Book on One' features an archive recording of 'Hard Times', read by Conor Farrington.

    Set in the fictional Coketown, the novel centres on the fortunes of Louisa and Tom Gradgrind, the children of a strict schoolteacher who believes that 'facts alone' are all that is needed in life.

    First published in 1854, Dickens' tenth novel, his shortest, explores the social and economic pressures of life in a 19th century industrial town.

    This recording of 'Hard Times', which was produced by Aidan Mathews, was first broadcast in 1991.

    'Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives' by Eileen Battersby - Monday 27th to Friday 31st August

    In 'Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives', Eileen Battersby tells the story of her relationship with her two dogs, Bilbo and Frodo, who prove to be her most loyal companions for more than two decades.

    The reader is Jeananne Crowley.

    'Ordinary Dogs: A Story of Two Lives' is published by Faber and Faber.

    'Even The Dogs' by Jon McGregor - Monday 20th to Friday 24th August

    'Even The Dogs' - the winner of this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - moves through the minds of a group of homeless heroin addicts in the wake of their friend's death.

    Jon McGregor's uncompromising novel - which pieces together one man's story and the gradual disintegration of his world - is an intimate portrait of lives lived at the edge of society.

    The reader is Gary Murphy.

    'Even The Dogs' is published by Bloomsbury.

    'New Selected Stories' by Alice Munro - Monday 13th to Friday 17th August

    Megan Riordan reads the story 'Family Furnishings' over the week.

    A young woman from small town Ontario, who has always wanted to be a writer, looks back on her changing relationship with her father's cousin, Alfrida.

    'New Selected Stories' by Alice Munro is published by Chatto & Windus.

    'Evening Class' by Maeve Binchy - Monday 6th to Friday 10th August

    As a tribute to the late Maeve Binchy, The Book on One this week features an archive recording of the author reading from her novel 'Evening Class', which was recorded in 1998 as part of the Reading In The Shade summer series, produced by Séamus Hosey.

    The novel tells the story of a diverse mix of characters attending an Italian class conducted by the enigmatic Signora. By the time the group sets off for Italy, everyone's destiny has been turned upside down.

    'Evening Class' is published by Orion.

    'The Cold Eye Of Heaven by Christine Dwyer Hickey - Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August

    A recent winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, ‘The Cold Eye Of Heaven’ tells the story of Dublin man Farley Grainger, tracing the 75 years of his life in reverse against the backdrop of the changing times of his native city.

    The reader is Barry McGovern.

    'The Cold Eye Of Heaven' is published by Atlantic Books.

    'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt - Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July

    Charlie and Eli Sisters are two notorious hitmen making their way to California during the gold rush of 1851, on the trail of Hermann Kermit Warm, an elusive prospector they have been hired to kill.

    Patrick deWitt’s Booker shortlisted novel is an offbeat, darkly comic Western, told from the point of view of the younger brother, Eli, who is becoming increasingly disillusioned with his life.

    The book is read by the author.

    'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt is published by Granta.

    Stories by Mary Lavin - Monday 11th to Friday 15th June

    To mark the centenary of the birth of the novelist and short writer Mary Lavin, The Book on One is broadcasting a series of 1970s recordings of the author reading some of her stories.

    On Monday, 'A Visit To The Cemetery' from Volume 1 of the 'Stories of Mary Lavin' published by Constable in 1964. On Tuesday, 'An Old Boot'. Wednesday's story is 'The Sisters' and on Thursday and Friday a chance to hear 'A House To Let'.

    'Brooklyn' by Colm Tóibín - Monday 4th to Friday 8th June

    Colm Tóibín's novel tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who moves to New York during the early 1950s.

    The reader is Martina Carroll.

    'Brooklyn' is published by Penguin.

    'Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow' by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne - Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June

    A modern-day satirical take on Anna Karenina, set in the Irish literary scene at the beginning of the 21st century.

    The reader is Emma Lowe.

    'Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow' by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne is published by Blackstaff Press.

    'Unspoken' by Gerard Stembridge - Monday 21st to Friday 25th May

    Gerard Stembridge's novel is a dramatic recreation of life in 1960s Ireland, told through the lives of an interlocking series of characters.

    'Unspoken' is published by Old Street Publishing.

    'The Grass Arena' by John Healy - Monday 14th to Friday 18th May

    John Healy reads from his multi-award-winning memoir - a visceral account of his life as a homeless alcoholic living on the streets of London during the 60s and 70s, and his later discovery of chess whilst in prison, which lead to his becoming a champion.

    'The Grass Arena' is published by Penguin Modern Classics.

    'Mrs Reinhardt' by Edna O'Brien - Monday 7th to Friday 11th May

    To coincide with a new television documentary broadcast on RTÉ this week - 'Edna O'Brien: Life, Stories' - The Book on One features an archive recording of the author reading from her 1978 collection 'Mrs Reinhardt'.

    'Edna O'Brien: Life, Stories' is directed by Charlie McCarthy and produced by Icebox Films.

    'Where The God Of Love Hangs Out' by Amy Bloom - Monday 23rd April to Friday 3rd May

    'Where The God Of Love Hangs Out' is a collection of stories by the award-winning American author Amy Bloom, dealing with the complexities of love, family and friendship.

    The reader is Karen Cogan.

    'Where The God Of Love Hangs Out' is published by Granta.

    'Every Man For Himself' by Beryl Bainbridge - Monday 16th to Friday 20th April

    In an archive recording, the late Beryl Bainbridge reads from her novel ‘Every Man For Himself’ which is set on the Titanic, and has just been re-issued by Little Brown to mark the centenary of the disaster.

    'The Dead' by James Joyce, read by Stephen Rea - Monday 2nd to Friday 13th April 

    In a new recording for The Book on One, Stephen Rea reads ‘The Dead’, one of James Joyce's most acclaimed works and the final story in his 1914 collection 'Dubliners'.

    The story centres on Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta, who attend a party hosted by Gabriel’s aunts. Throughout the course of the evening, Gabriel comes to realise how little he knows of his wife’s past.

    'Foster' by Claire Keegan - Monday 26th to Friday 30th March

    In Claire Keegan's award-winning long short story, a young girl is taken by her father to stay with a childless couple while her mother prepares to give birth.

    The book, which is read by the author, is published by Faber & Faber.

    'Balcony of Europe' by Aidan Higgins - Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March

    Aidan Higgins' 1972 Booker-shortlisted novel tells the story of a young American woman and a middle-aged Irish painter who meet in a Spanish coastal village and begin an affair.

    The reader is Gary Murphy.

    'Balcony of Europe' is published by Dalkey Archive Press.

    Seachtain na Gaeilge - Monday 12th to Friday 16th March

    For Seachtain na Gaeilge we are broadcasting a selection of short stories originally commissioned by RTÉ Radio 1 from leading writers in Irish. The stories were broadcast in a series called Scéalta san Aer. Under that title Cathal Póirtéir edited 26 stories for publication in paperback by Coiscéim.

    An tseachtain seo tá rogha gearrscéalta ó scothscríbhneoirí againn. Rinne RTE Raidió 1 coimisiniú orthu don tsraith Scéalta san Aer agus d'fhoilsigh Coiscéim an 26 scéal uilig i leabhar faoin tideal céanna. Ba é Cathal Póirtéir an t-eagarthóir.

    Monday 12th: Idirlíonrith - Gabriel Rosenstock
    Tuesday 13th: Dhá Litir ó Áth Iseal - Liam Mac Cóil
    Wednesday 14: Lúidín an Phíobaire - Biddy Jenkinson
    Thursday 15th: Séamas Mac Annaidh
    Friday 16th: Taisce-dán - Pádraig Ó Siadhail - read by Cathal Póirtéír

    'The Infinities' by John Banville - Monday 5th to Friday 9th March

    The Godley family gathers at the deathbed of its patriarch, old Adam, all the while watched by the mischievous gods.

    The reader is Niall Tóibín.

    'The Infinities' by John Banville is published by Picador.

    'New Selected Stories' by Alice Munro - Monday 27th February to Friday 2 March

    Megan Riordan reads the story 'Family Furnishings' in which a young woman from small town Ontario looks back on her relationship with her father's cousin, Alfrida.

    'New Selected Stories' by Alice Munro is published by Chatto & Windus.

    'Sanctuary Line' by Jane Urquhart - Monday 20th to Friday 24th February

    Liz Crane, an entomologist, returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse on the shore of Lake Erie, Ontario, to study the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies.

    During her time there, she remembers her charismatic Uncle Stanley, her late cousin Mandy who was killed on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and Teo, the young Mexican boy who used to work each summer in the family orchards.

    The book is read by the author.

    'The Twin' by Gerbrand Bakker - Monday 6th to Friday 10th February

    A middle-aged man cares for his aging father on the small family farm, and mourns his late twin who was killed in a car crash when they were teenagers.

    The reader is Gary Murphy.

    'The Twin', which won the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, is translated from the Dutch by David Colmer and published by Random House.

    'Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It' by Maile Meloy - Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February

    The American author Maile Meloy's short story collection features a series of characters caught between opposing desires.

    In 'O Tannenbaum' (Monday to Wednesday), a married couple and their young daughter pick up a couple of hitchhikers in the snow, whose names turn out to be Bonnie and Clyde.

    In 'Nine' (Thursday & Friday), a nine-year-old girl's divorced mother becomes involved with a man who has a ten-year-old son.

    The reader is Sara Rose Wasson.

    'Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It' is published by Canongate.

    'The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am' by Kjersti A. Skomsvold - Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January

    Mathea Martinsen is in her nineties and afraid her life will be over before anyone notices she has lived. And so she sets out to make her mark in the world.

    The reader is Rosaleen Linehan.

    'The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am' by Kjersti A. Skomsvold, translated from the Norwegian by Kerri A. Pierce, is published by Dalkey Archive Press.

    'The Empty Family' by Colm Tóibín - Monday 16th to Friday 20th January

    Colm Tóibín reads from his collection of short stories, 'The Empty Family'.

    'The Empty Family' is published by Penguin.

    'The Cold Eye Of Heaven' by Christine Dwyer Hickey - Monday 9th to Friday 13th January

    Dublin man Farley Grainger looks back over his 75 years, in a novel that begins on the last day of his life, and takes in his loves and losses, against the backdrop of the changing times of his native city.

    The reader is Barry McGovern.

    'The Cold Eye of Heaven' is published by Atlantic Books.

    'Jamaica Inn' by Daphne du Maurier - Monday 2nd to Friday 6th January

    After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan is forced into a lonely journey across the bleak moors of Cornwall to a new home.

    Jamaica Inn is the isolated hostelry run by her Aunt Patience and her aunt's husband, the much feared Joss Merlyn.

    As Mary finds herself unwillingly drawn into her uncle's ongoing smuggling operation, she struggles with how to deal with the knowledge of Joss' crimes, and with her feelings for his estranged younger brother, Jem.

    The reader is David Bickley.

    'Jamaica Inn' is published by Virago.

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