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.


'The Springs of Affection’ by Maeve Brennan

Two short stories, featuring the same protagonist, from the collection recently re-issued by The Stinging Fly Press.

25 to 29 July – ‘A Free Choice, read by Cathy Belton

A young woman, Rose, attends her first dance.

1 to 5 August – ‘An Attack of Hunger’, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú

Rose, a lonely married woman, is bereft when her son leaves home to become a priest.


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

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

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

Monday 3rd to Friday 28th September

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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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