The Book On One

The Book On One

Monday to Friday, 11.20pm

'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens

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.


BOOK ON ONE 24 - Friday 28 April 2017 is a selection of the shortlisted stories from The RTÉ Radio Short Story Competition in memory of Francis Mac Manus 2016 including the prize-winning stories The Speed of light and how It Cannot Help us by Chris Connolly read by Ingrid Craigie, An Spidéal Road by Lisa Frank read by Andrew Bennett  and Chalk and Cheese by Mark Evans read by Patrick Dawson


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The Book on One for Monday 10 - Friday 14 April 2017 is Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach / Seven Virtues of The Rising, a short story collection by Pádraic Ó Conaire. The stories deal with how The Rising intervenes in the ordinary lives of its characters….The excerpt from the book are read by its translator into English, Diarmuid de Faoite. The Irish /English bi-lingual book is published by Arlen House.

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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 the late 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.



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