The Book On One

The Book On One

Monday to Friday, 11.20pm

Monday 20th to Friday 24th May

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.


23 to 27 January - 'Not The Same Sky' by Evelyn Conlon, read by the author.

By 1848 famine has ravaged Ireland.  A shortage of female labour in Australia offers a kind of solution to what to do with the growing numbers in the workhouses... This novel is imagined from the real lives of the girls who sailed aboard the Thomas Arbuthnot and who made new lives in Australia.

'Not The Same Sky' by Evelyn Conlon is published by Wakefield Press.


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.]

16 to 20 January - 'Four Sides Full', a personal essay by Vona Groarke, read by the author.

9 to 13 January - 'An Attack of Hunger' from the story collection 'The Springs of Affection' by Maeve Brennan, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.

2 to 6 January - ‘A Free Choice’ from ‘The Springs of Affection’ by Maeve Brennan, read by Cathy Belton.

'Canada' by Richard Ford, read by the author

‘First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.’

So begins Richard Ford’s most recent novel ‘Canada’ which tells the story of 15-year-old Dell Parsons, and the impact that his parents’ actions have on the course of his life.

‘Canada’ by Richard Ford is published by Bloomsbury.


Also currently available for playback:

‘The Boat’ by Nam Le, read by Gary Murphy, 13 to 17 May

'Dark Lies The Island' by Kevin Barry, read by the author, 6 to 10 May

'The China Factory' by Mary Costello, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, 29 April to 3 May


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

11 to 15 February 2013: 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen, read by Karen Ardiff.
Click on 11 February in the Programme Archive.



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