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    Book on One Archive 2014

    'Young Skins' by Colin Barrett, read by the author 15-19 September.

    'Young Skins' is the debut collection by Colin Barrett and during the week, he read two of the stories for us- 'Diamonds' and 'The Moon'.

    Young Skins is published by The Stinging Fly Press. 

    'The Rising of Bella Casey' by Mary Morrissey, read by the author 8-12 September.

    Bella Casey was the real-life, enigmatic sister of the playwright Seán O’Casey and in her book, Mary Morrissey weaves the real and the imagined together to tell Bella’s story. 

    The Rising of Bella Casey is published by Brandon, an imprint of The O'Brien Press. 

    'The Herbalist' by Niamh Boyce, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú 1-5 September.

    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 Herbalist' is published by Penguin.

    'The Return of the Brute' by Liam O'Flaherty, read by David Heap 25-29 August.

    The Book on One's season of World War 1 fiction ends this week with Liam O'Flaherty's short novel, 'The Return of the Brute'. The novel tells the story of Private William Gunn and his fellow soldiers who are based in an unknown area of the Western Front. As conditions in the trenches worsen and their faith in the commanders deteriorates, Gunn's grasp on reality begins to break down.

    'The Return of the Brute' is published by the Naval and Military Press.

    'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West, read by Karen Ardiff 18-22 August.

    Karen Ardiff reads Rebecca West's novel about a soldier in World War 1 who is sent home from the front suffering from shell-shock. Chris remembers nothing about the last fifteen years of his life. He remembers his cousin Jenny from childhood. He doesn't remember his wife Kitty at all and he believes he is in love with Margaret, his first love of fifteen years before. Eventually, all three are faced with the choice of leaving him as he is or of 'curing' him.

    'The Return of the Soldier' is published by Virago Modern Classics.

    'All Quiet on the Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque, read by Aonghus Óg McAnally 11-15 August.

    Erich Maria Remarque’s classic tale about a German boy and his school friends who are encouraged by their teacher to enlist in the army, and the terrible consequences which follow.

    Published in Germany in the 1920s, the book was later burned and banned in Nazi Germany.

    'All Quiet on the Western Front' is published by Vintage.

    'How Many Miles to Babylon' by Jennifer Johnston, read by the author 4-8 August.

    This August, the Book on One features a season of stories from World War 1. The first book in this season 'How Many Miles to Babylon' is read by the author Jennifer Johston.

    The book tells the story of two Irish boys, Alec and Jerry who become friends against the odds. When the war breaks out in 1914 they both sign up and find themselves at war, together, yet once again separated by rank and class.

    'How Many Miles to Babylon' is published by Penguin.

    'The Black Snow' by Paul Lynch, read by the author 23-27 June.

    When Barnabas Kane returned, with his Irish-American wife, Eskra and son Billy, to Donegal from New York, where he worked building skyscrapers.....their dream was to make a success of their farm at home. But then, in the spring of 1945, farm-worker Matthew Peoples runs into a burning byre and does not come out alive. Barnabas can only look on as his friend dies and all 43 of his cattle are destroyed in the blaze.

    Following the disaster, the bull-headed and proudly self-sufficient Barnabas is forced to reach out to the farming community for assistance. But resentment simmers over Matthew Peoples’ death, and Barnabas and his family begin to believe their efforts at recovery are being sabotaged.

    'The Black Snow' is published by Quercus.

    'The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind' by Billy O'Callaghan, read by the author 16-20 June.

    On this week's Book on One, we're listening to two stories from Billy O'Callaghan's latest collection.

    From Monday- Wednesday, we'll be listening to the title story from the collection, 'The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind' - a story about a father returning home after a long absence to see the son he abandoned as an infant.  
    This story was the winner of the Bord Gáis Energy writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award 2013.

    Then on Thursday and Friday, we'll hear 'Are the Stars Out Tonight', a story about the ending of a marriage.

    'The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind' is published by New Island Books.

    'Fear and Loathing in Dublin' by Aodhan Madden, read by Pascal Scott 9-12 June.

    In this week's Book on One, Aodhan Madden describes life as a journalist in Dublin in the 1970s including his struggles with his sexuality and alcoholism. After a series of surreal drunken 'adventures' around the city, he checks himself into St. Patrick's Hospital- where his own transformation begins.

    'Fear and Loathing in Dublin' is published by Liberties Press.

    'Flight' by Oona Frawley, read by Marion O'Dwyer 2-6 June.

    'Flight' tells the story of Sandrine, a Zimbabwean woman who has left her husband and son at home in the hope of making a better life for them in Ireland. She finds herself working as a carer for Tom and Clare, whose minds are beginning to fail them. Set in Ireland in 2004, just before the referendum on citizenship, Flight tells Sandrine's story as she tries to make her home with Tom and Clare in Ireland.

    'Flight' is published by Tramp Press.

    'Nothing Holds Back the Night' by Delphine de Vigan, read by Cathy Belton 26-30 May. 

    Delphine de Vigan's mother Lucile was born into a bohemian Parisian family and on the face of it she had it all....beauty, talent and a huge, happy family to support her.

    After her mother's suicide, de Vigan began to look back at her life.....to try to understand what shaped her, what went wrong. In her own words, she attempted to 'write her mother'. In 'Nothing Holds Back the Night', de Vigan weaves together her own memories as well as those of her family to tell the story of her mother's life. The resulting book blurs the line between memoir and fiction as the writer tries to get close to the truth of her mother's life.

    'Nothing Holds Back the Night' is published by Bloomsbury Circus.

    'Clare' by John MacKenna, read by the author 19-23 May

    May marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the poet John Clare.  In 'Clare' we hear his story from peasant poet to literary success and his final committal to an asylum where he remained for the last twenty three years of his life. The story is narrated by his sister, his wife and his daughter.

    The book is read by the author and published by New Island Books.

    'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, read by the author 12-16 May.

    This week's Book on One is the award winning debut novel by Donal Ryan, 'The Spinning Heart'.  The financial collapse has just happened and the people living in one small town in Ireland are left reeling.....tensions and violence flare. Through a chorus of voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth , a single authentic tale unfolds.

    'The Spinning Heart' is published by Doubleday Ireland and The Lilliput Press.

    'Odour of Chrysanthemums' by DH Lawrence, read by Robert O'Mahony 6-9 May

    This week, from Tuesday to Friday, Robert O'Mahoney reads one of D.H. Lawrence's best known short stories, 'Odour of Chrysanthemums'.

    'The Land of Decoration' by Grace McCleen, read by Aileen Mythen 30 April-2 May 

    Judith McPherson is ten years old and lives with her father, a devoutly religious man mourning for his wife, the mother Judith never knew. At home, in her room Judith finds comfort in creating a miniature world, which she calls 'The Land of Decoration'.  And from there, she wills miracles to happen but when they do, they bring trouble with them.

    'The Land of Decoration' is published by Vintage

    'The Riddle of the Sands' by Erskine Childers, read by Damian Kearney 21-25 April

    The Book on One this week features a book described as ‘the first modern thriller’. First published in 1903, ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ by Erskine Childers is a tale of espionage about two friends, Carruthers and Davies, whose supposededly innocent sailing trip turns into something much more sinister and dangerous. ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ was hugely popular when it was first published but its author never wrote another novel. Childers was executed during the Civil War in 1922.

    ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ is published by Penguin.

    'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín, read by Marie Mullen 14-18 April.

    In The Testament of Mary, Mary remembers the traumatic events which led to the death of her only son....her child. As their lives begin to take on the status of myth, she struggles to break the silence surrounding these events and to tell her truth as she remembers it.

    The book is published by Viking.

    'Soldiers of Salamis' by Javier Cercas, read by Gary Murphy 31 March- to 4 April and 7-11 April.

    The Spanish Civil War ended 75 years ago this year and this week’s Book on One looks back at that time. ‘Soldiers of Salamis’ is the best selling novel by Javier Cercas, which takes a semi-fictional look at the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 through the eyes of three people. They are a writer and Spanish Fascist Party member who later becomes a senior member of Franco’s government. Also in question is the soldier who spared his life and Cercas himself, as the journalist investigating this intriguing, touching story from that war.

    'Soldiers of Salamis' is ranslated from the Spanish by Anne McLean and published by Bloomsbury.

    'The Undertaking' by Audrey Magee, read by Kelly Campbell 24-28 March.

    Set during World War 2, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met. As a result of this marriage, he is promised honeymoon leave....a reprieve from life on the front and she is promised a pension in the event that he dies. In Berlin, Peter meets his new wife and gradually an attraction develops between them. But as the war continues, they find themselves carrying their own share of war guilt and struggle to hold on to their dreams of normality and family.

    'The Undertaking' is published by Atlantic

    'Borstal Boy' by Brendan Behan, read by Keith Hanna 17-21 March

    Brendan Behan died on the 20th of March 1964 and to mark the 50th anniversary of his death the Book on One this week features excerpts from his autobiographical book 'Borstal Boy'. When Behan was 16 years old, he was arrested in England and sentenced to three years in a Borstal for his involvement in IRA activities. 'Borstal Boy' tells this story from the time of his arrest to his release three years later.

    The book is published by Arrow.

    'A Thig ná Tit Orm' by Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, léite ag Danny Mac Síthigh 10-14 Márta.

    An tseachtain seo, in ómós don scríbhneoir agus don cheoltóir Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, a cailleadh an bhliain seo caite, léifidh Danny Mac Síthigh ‘A Thig Ná Tit Orm’ ar an Book on One.  Sa leabhar, insíonn Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé dúinn faoina óige i nGaeltacht Iarthar Chiarraí agus ansin a shaol ar imirce i Londain agus i Chicago.

    The Book on One for Seachtain na Gaeilge pays tribute to the late writer and musician, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé who died last year.

    Danny Mác Síthigh will read  ‘A Thig ná Tit Orm’, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé’s account of his childhood in the West Kerry Gaeltacht in the 1940s and 1950s and then his life as an emigrant in London and Chicago, before returning to settle back home in Ireland.

    'The Uninvited' by Liz Jensen, read by Enda Oates 3-7 March

    Liz Jensen’s novel opens with a seven-year-old girl putting a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and firing. Shocking as this is, it soon becomes apparent that it’s not an isolated event and that there may be even be connections to the increasing number of cases of worldwide corporate sabotage, which anthropologist Hesketh Lock has been sent to investigate.

    ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen is published by Bloomsbury Circus.

    'The Lowland' by Jhumpa Lahiri, read by Karen Ardiff 17-21 Feb and 24-28 Feb

    ('The Lowland' will run for two weeks 17-21 and 24-28 Feb)

    'The Lowland' tells the story of two brothers, Udayan and Subhash. Born fifteen months apart, they are inseparable as children but as adults their choices lead them in dramatically different directions.

    Subhash follows an academic path to America while his brother gets involved in the Naxalite movement, a revolutionary movement fighting to end inequality and poverty. In doing this, he risks everything and his actions affect all of those around him for the rest of their lives. The reader is Karen Ardiff

    'The Lowland' is published by Bloomsbury.

    ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald, read by Gary Murphy 10-14 February.

    Set in Long Island in the summer of 1922, in the middle of America’s roaring twenties, the novel tells the story of a mysterious millionaire - Jay Gatsby and his all-consuming passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

    The narrator in the novel is Daisy's cousin Nick Carraway and the book is read for us by Gary Murphy.

    'The Crocodile by the Door' by Selina Guinness, read by the author 3-7 February.

    Selina Guinness reads her memoir about moving back to Tibradden, her uncle's farmhouse in the Dublin mountains. From that point on, her own story and that of the house become inextricably connected and this book tells both those stories.

    'The Crocodile by the Door' is published by Penguin.

    Short stories by Katherine Mansfield, read by Alison Glennie 27-31 January.

    This week on The Book on One, we're going to hear five stories by Katherine Mansfield. The first four stories come from the collection 'A Garden Party and Other Stories'.

    Monday- 'Life of Ma Parker'

    Tuesday- 'The Young Girl'

    Wednesday-'Miss Brill'

    Thursday- 'The Lady's Maid'

    And on Friday, we'll hear 'A Dill Pickle' from 'Bliss and Other Stories'.

    'The Rising of Bella Casey' by Mary Morrissy, read by the author 20-24 January.

    Bella Casey was the real-life, but enigmatic sister of the playwright Seán O’Casey and in her book, Mary Morrissey weaves the real and the imagined together to tell Bella’s story.

    'The Rising of Bella Casey' is published by Brandon, an imprint of The O'Brien Press.

    'Time Present and Time Past' by Deirdre Madden, read by Gary Murphy- 13-17 January 2014.

    'When Fintan Buckley develops an interest in old autochrome photographs, strange things start to happen'.

    Deirdre Madden's novel tells the story of the Buckley family, a Dublin family negotiating life in Celtic Tiger Ireland. 'Time Present and Time Past' is also, as the title suggests, a novel about time, about the past and the present and how they interact with each other and affect our lives.

    'Time Present and Time Past' is published by Faber and Faber.

     'A Week in Winter' by Maeve Binchy, read by Kate Binchy- 6-10 January 2014.

    'A Week in Winter' is set in a small town on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. It tells the story of Geraldine Starr, known to everyone as Chicky, who leaves Stoneybridge as a young woman, only to return twenty years later to turn the rambling old Stone House into a hotel, a project which changes her life as well as the lives of those who come to visit.

    A Week in Winter is published by Orion Books.

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