The Book On One

The Book On One

Monday to Friday, 11.20pm

4th to 8th March

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.


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

An adventure novel first published in 1915, later adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock.


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

This WWI novel, first published in 1929, tells the story of Private William Gunn and his fellow soldiers, as they endure worsening conditions on the Western Front.


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

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

23 to 27 May - 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë, read by Jane Brennan (second week of two)

'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt, read by the author

Patrick deWitt’s offbeat Western follows Charlie and Eli Sisters, two professional hitmen making their way to California during the Gold Rush in 1851.

DeWitt’s award-winning novel is a darkly comic tale, told from the point of view of the younger brother, Eli, who has become disillusioned with his life.

'The Sisters Brothers' by Patrick deWitt is published by Granta.


Also available for playback:

11 to 15 February: Karen Ardiff reads 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen.

18 to 22 February: Fiona Shaw reads ‘A World of Love’ by Elizabeth Bowen.

25 February to 1 March: Megan Riordan reads ‘The Best of Everything’ by Rona Jaffe


3 to 28 September 2012: 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens, read by Conor Farrington.
Click on 3 September in the Programme Archive.


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