Kay Sheehy on today's announcement of the 10 books that made the shortlist for this year's International IMPAC Literary Award - 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan, 'The Light of Amsterdam' by David Park, 'A Death In The Family' by Karl Ove Knausgaard, 'The Detour' by Gerbrand Bakker, 'The Garden of Evening Mists' by Tan Twan Eng, 'Questions of Travel' by Michelle de Kretser, 'The Sound of Things Falling' by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, 'Traveller of the Century' by Andres Newman, 'Three Strong Women' by Marie NDiaye and 'Absolution' by Patrick Flanery More information at www.impacdublinaward.ie
It seems very cool right now to be a Nordic country. However, Marian is joined by writer Michael Booth who is a sometimes Danish resident. Michael talks about his new book: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle.
John Banville and Enda Wyley join Marian to talk about the best unheard of books. Books from John Banville Loving by Henry Greene Biography Hugh Trevor Roper – A Hidden Life: The Enigma of Sir Edmund Backhouse Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Wartime Journals, edited by Richard Davenport-Hines Pascal Garnier – How’s the Pain? Books from Enda Wyley The Spectre of Alexander Wolf by Gaito Gazdonov Journey by Moonlight - Antal Szerb. The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott Light Years by James Salter
In the past few days philanthropist Warren Buffet, has been saying, despite the talk of fiscal cliffs, that women will save the economy! Joining John in studio is the positive economist, Susan Hayes, who has just published her own book, 'The Savvy Woman's Guide to Financial Freedom' published by Penguin & available in bookshops now.