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.

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26 to 30 September – Frank O’Connor short stories, read by Gary Murphy.

Two of O’Connor’s best known stories, recorded to mark the 50th anniversary of the author’s death. 

Monday to Wednesday: ‘Guests of the Nation’.

Thursday and Friday: 'First Confession’.

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

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

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

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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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