The Book On One

The Book On One

Monday to Friday, 11.20pm

The Book on One, 2016 Archive

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.

The Book on One – Tue 7 Nov to Fri 15 Dec 2017.

‘Reading Turgenev’ by William Trevor, read by Conor Farrington.

This month and next, to mark the first anniversary of the death of William Trevor, a chance to hear an archive recording of his novel ‘Reading Turgenev’, read by Conor Farrington, first broadcast in 1992.  

In 1950s Ireland, a young woman enters into a marriage of convenience with an older man, and subsequently falls in love with her invalid cousin, with whom she spends secret afternoons reading Russian novels.

A season of the shortlist for the 2017 RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in Memory of Francis Mac Manus: 

Book on One Monday 2 - Friday 6 Oct

Monday 2 October: The Flare Carves Itself Through The Dark by Colin Walsh and read by Gary Murphy

Tuesday 3 October: Stones That Might Be Diamonds by Barbara Leahy and read by Kathy Rose O’Brien

Wednesday 4 October: Flashing Lights by Felipe Deakin read by read by Kathy Rose O’Brien

Thursday 5 October: Apparition Hill by Alan Weadick and read by Ger Ryan

Friday 6 October: Cactus Blossom by Lorcan Byrne and read by Ingrid Craigie

Book on One Monday 9 - Friday 13 Oct

Monday 9 October: That August by Bríd Connolly and read by Ger Ryan

Tuesday 10 October: Because We Are Not Butterflies by Bernadette Cotter and read by Ingrid Craigie

Wednesday 11 October: Uncontactable by Paddy Doherty and read by Cathy Belton

Thursday 12 October: Tattoo by Doreen Duffy and read by Megan Riordan

Friday 13 October: At Piazza Navona by Fiona Gartland and read by Kathy Rose O’Brien

Book on One Monday 16 - Friday 20 Oct

Monday 16 October: A Bird Called Bono by Anne McDonald and read by Denis Conway

Tuesday 17 October: The Red Coat WithThe Black Astrakhan Collar by Margaret Lynch and read by Cathy Belton

Wednesday 18 October: Fragments by Shane O’Neill and read by Andrew Bennett

Thursday 19 October: Ash by Mairi McCurdy read by Ali White

Friday 20 October: Coming Down Hard by Thomas Kiernan and read by Emmet Kirwan

Book on One Monday 23 - Friday 27 Oct

Monday 23 October: Cut The Grape by Mark McGlynn and read by Peter Hanly

Tuesday 24 October: Visitors, by Helen McGoldrick and read by Fionnuala Murphy

Wednesday 25 October: Remnants, by Eamon McGuinness and read by Denis Conway

Thursday 26 October: Dream, by Paddy Murray and read by Peter Hanly

Friday 27 October: Time For You And Time For Me by Celine Naughton and read by Ali White

Book on One Monday 30 - Friday 3 November 2017

Monday 30 October: Waiting for the 8:07 East by Paul James O’Donnell and read by Andrew Bennett

Tuesday 31 October November: The Half-Light by Angela Lyons and read by Emmet Kirwan

Wednesday 1 November New Beginning, by Arthur Sheridan and read by Janet Moran

Thursday 2 November: Danny, by Joseph Sweeney and read by Gary Murphy

Friday 3 November: The Swimmer by Dolores Walshe and read by Peter Hanly

Book on One Monday  - Friday  November 2017

Monday 6 November: Red or Black by Kevin Beakey read by Janet Moran


You can listen back to the last four weeks of The Book on One here:  Listen 

['Listen' will open the most recent episode in the RTÉ Radio Player.  If you would like to hear an earlier episode, please click on 'Listen back further' - in the middle of the Player screen - which will open a calendar.]


4 to 8 January - 'The Land of Decoration' by Grace McCleen, read by Aileen Mythen.

11 to 15 January - 'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West, read by Karen Ardiff.

18 to 22 January - 'All Quiet on the Western Front' by Erich Maria Remarque, read by Aonghus Óg McAnally.

25 to 29 January - ‘H is for Hawk’ by Helen Macdonald, read by Karen Ardiff.

1 to 5 February - ‘The Sound of Things Falling’ by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, read by Mark D’Aughton.

8 to 12 February - ‘Langrishe, Go Down’ by Aidan Higgins, read by Gary Murphy.

15 to 19 February - ‘Dinosaurs On Other Planets’ by Danielle McLaughlin, read by Andrew Bennett.

22 to 26 February - ‘Borstal Boy’ by Brendan Behan, read by Keith Hanna.

29 February to 4 March - ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, read by Ali White.

7 to 11 March - ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen, read by Jennifer O’Dea.

14 to 18 March - ‘An Béal Bocht’ by Myles na gCopaleen, read by Tomás Ó Canainn.

21 to 25 March - ‘The Stinging Fly: In The Wake Of The Rising’ (guest edited by Sean O’Reilly)
- Paul Lynch, Martina Evans, Kevin Barry, Joan Win Brennan & Iggy McGovern.

28 March to 1 April - ‘Memoir’ by John McGahern, read by the author.

4 to 8 April - ‘Good Behaviour’ by Molly Keane, read by Maureen Toal.

11 to 15 April - ‘History of the Rain’ by Niall Williams, read by Aileen Mythen.

18 to 22 April - ‘Fallen’ by Lia Mills, read by the author.

25 to 29 April - ‘The Lives of Women’ by Christine Dwyer Hickey, read by Anne Byrne.

2 to 6 May - ‘Dept. of Speculation’ by Jenny Offill, read by Cathy Belton.

9 to 13 May - ‘The Mark and the Void’ by Paul Murray, read by Dermot Magennis.

16 to 27 May - ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë, read by Jane Brennan (two weeks).

30 May to 10 June - ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, read by Marcus Lamb (two weeks).

13 to 17 June - ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor, read by the author.

20 to 24 June - ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ by John Buchan, read by Eamonn Hunt.

27 June to 1 July - ‘Return of the Brute’ by Liam O’Flaherty, read by David Heap.

4 to 15 July - ‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright, read by Eva Birthistle (two weeks).

18 to 22 July - ‘After Me Comes The Flood’ by Sarah Perry, read by Peter Hanly.

25 to 29 July
- ‘A Free Choice’ - a short story from ‘The Springs of Affection’ by Maeve Brennan, read by Cathy Belton.

1 to 5 August
- ‘An Attack of Hunger’ - a short story from ‘The Springs of Affection’ by Maeve Brennan, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.

22 August to 2 September - 'Nora Webster' by Colm Tóibín, read by Fiona Shaw (two weeks).

5 to 9 September - ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, read by the author.

12 to 16 September - ‘The Real Charlotte’ by Somerville and Ross, read by Jennifer O’Dea.

19 to 23 September – ‘Tanglewood’ by Dermot Bolger, read by Enda Oates.

26 to 30 September – Frank O’Connor short stories, ‘Guests of the Nation’ and 'First Confession’, read by Gary Murphy.

7 to 11 November – ‘The Stinging Fly: In The Wake Of The Rising’.

14 to 25 November – ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë, read by Jane Brennan.

28 November to 2 December – ‘Tender’ by Belinda McKeon, read by the author.

5 to 9 December – ‘The Overcoat’ by Nikolai Gogol, read by Declan Brennan.

12 to 16 December – ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor, read by the author.

19 to 23 December – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, read by Fionnula Flanagan.



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