The Book Show Saturday 1 March 2014

The Book Show

The Book Show

This week's show is all about sport, and Michael Moynihan talks sporting biographies and his book, GAAconomics: The Secret Life of Money in the GAA.

Sports Writing

Michael Moynihan joins Sinead to discussion American Sports writing and how it compares to Irish. His own book GAAconomics looks at money in the GAA in Ireland.

Jim Carroll (Irish Time/Banter/The Back Page Festival) and Sheila O’Flanagan join Sinead in studio to discuss some of their favourites when it comes to sports fiction and how sometimes the true story is much better than fiction.

Their choices include:

Don De Lillo – Underworld
Nick Hornby – Fever Pitch
Joseph O’Neill – Netherland
PG Wodehouse – The Golf Omnibus
GH Bissinger - Friday Night Lights
Harrry Potter Series (for the Quiditch)
David Peace – The Damned United
John Lancaster – Capital
Michael Lewis – Moneyball
Norman Mailer – The Fight
Richard Ford – The Sportswriter

Sheila Flanagan’s own novel Things We Never Say is published in April.

 

Christos Tsolkias, author of the very successful novel The Slap (2008) talks about how he researched his new novel Barracuda about an ambitious young swimmer and how competitive swimming has some relationship to writing in terms of the long hours of graft.

 

 

Sports Books

This week's show is all about sport, and Michael Moynihan talks sporting biographies and his book, GAAconomics: The Secret Life of Money in the GAA.

'Dear Character' Competition Update

Thanks to everyone who has sent a letter to a character as part of our Dear Character competition. We have been delighted by the response and have drawn up a shortlist of letters which we have sent to our judge, the Laureate for Irish Fiction, Anne Enright.

She will choose a winning letter and this will be read at our special episode which will be recorded in Smock Alley theatre in Dublin on October 21st 2017.

The winning entry will also win a €250 book token.

At our Smock Alley show we will be reading excerpts from some of the letters. The winning letter will be published online on our RTÉ web page after the broadcast.

Sinéad Gleeson will be in conversation with Lisa McInerney, Anne Enright and Paul Howard. We’ll have music by singer Lisa O’Neill and readings from some of our letters to characters by actors Derbhle Crotty and Dermot Magennis.

The show is now sold out but it will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday October 28th, 7-8pm.

A full list of those writers whose letters have been shortlisted is below - congratulations to all:

Character: Anna Livia Plurabelle 
Writer: Holly Furey
From: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Character: Auggie Pullman
Writer: Keeva Holloway
From: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Character: Anna Arkadyevna Karenina
Writer: Lev Nikolayevich (Eoin Shaughnessy)
From: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Character: Bobby Mahon
Writer: Rebecca Ivory
From: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

Character: Captain Ahab
Writer: Stephen Phelan
From: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Character: George Smiley
Writer: Karen McCormack
From: Various George Smiley novels by John LeCarré


Character: Gregor Samsa 
Writer: Bernard Mahon 
From: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka


Character: Holden Caulfield
Writer: Aoife Kavanagh
From: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Character: June
Writer: Anita Fennelly
From: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Character:  Mr. Toad 
Writer: Liam Cahill; 
From: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Character: Nora Webster, 
Writer: Shelley Tracey, 
From: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Character: Raskolnikov
Writer: Sylvia (AKA- Mark Dennehy)
From: Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Character: Robinson Crusoe
Writer: Klara Golez
From: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Character: Rosaleen Madigan 
Writer: Marion O’Donnell (Miriam Hurley)
From: The Green Road by Anne Enright

Character: ‘She’
Writer: Papa (Stephen Wade)
From: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Character: Voldemort
Writer: Claudia Rose-Mohan
From: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
 

The Book Show

Presented by Sinead Gleeson, The Book Show is where we get to know a bit more about the books you love and talk about what you could be reading over the next few months.

Writers and publishers will talk stories, books and the world of writing and we’ll have readings, reports and regular items. The Book Show will bring you the best in international and Irish authors, with weekly discussions, interviews, features and literary trivia.

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