The Book Show Friday 7 March 2014

International Women’s Day

On this week’s show we celebrate International Women’s Day by looking at the work of four women.

Samantha Ellis’ book How to be a Heroine looks at what books and female fictional characters can teach us about life.

Ellis is a playwright brought up in London in an Iraqi-Jewish family gives over each chapter to the heroines that inspired and disappointed her.

Liam Geraghty explores the writings of Tove Janson creator of the Moomins 100 years after her birth.  The Moomins were and remain a hit in Finland and worldwide and Moominmania has led to movies, theme parks and thousands of other pieces of merchandise. But what is the peculiar appeal of these characters?

Evie Wyld has just been longlisted for The Bailey Prize for Women’s Fiction for her latest novel All The Birds Singing. The Book show paid a visit to Review, the book shop she runs in Peckham, London.


St Vincent is an American singer song writer – her 5th album St Vincent draws on the work of Lorrie Moore in her short story collection Birds Of America. She told The Book Show why the stories inspire her.  

In this week’s Footnote Regan Hutchins explores the feminist qualities of controversial writer Colette whose anti-feminist statements belie her writings on women’s autonomy and sexual liberation. 

The Book Show returns on Saturday 9th September after a short summer break with more features, interviews and this week, news of an exciting competition!

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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