'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'
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.