The Book Show Saturday 2 December 2017

The Book Show

The Book Show

This week on the Book Show, Sinéad Gleeson speaks to Felicia Yap about her thriller Yesterday and to Louise Welsh about No Dominion, her novel set in post-apocalyptic Britain.

The Book Show, Saturday 2nd December

This week on The Book Show Sinéad Gleeson speaks to Louise Welsh who is the author of many psychological thrillers and crime novels. Her latest book is called No Dominion and it is the final book in her plague trilogy which also includes A Lovely Way To Burn and Death Is A Welcome Guest.

Louise Welsh

Set in a Britain of the future No Dominion sees the apocalyptic fallout of a devastating plague which wiped out civilization in her first two books. Now, 7 years later, the survivors are struggling to rebuild society.

Louise begins by explaining the background to the book and the plague known as The Sweats which wreaked havoc in her earlier books.

She goes on to discuss themes of rebuilding society, recovering from a disaster and how classic apocalyptic fiction has inspired her work. 

Room Little Darker by June Caldwell is a collection short stories that delves into the murkier aspects of modern life. Mainly set in Ireland the stories explore abortion, master-slave sexual relationships, homelessness and drug addiction. June spoke to The Book Show/us about her approach and read from her collection.

June Caldwell

Little Room Darker

Felicia Yap began her career as a scientist and her debut novel, Yesterday, is both a thriller and a philosophical investigation into the role memory plays in creating our own identities.

In Yesterday there are two sorts of people: those who can only remember what happened yesterday, known as "monos" and an upper class who can also remember the day before yesterday known as "duos".

So when mono Claire learns that her perfect duo husband had a mistress whose body has now been discovered - Claire looks for details. Not easy if you can only remember yesterday.

Sinéad met Felicia Yap to talk about Yesterday.

Felicia Yap

'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.

If there’s anything you’d like to hear covered on the show or have any comments to make, why not get in touch and you’ll find us on twitter @bookshowrte and on Facebook.

Sinead Gleeson Photo credit: Annie Atkins

Music Played on the Show





Contact the Show

Presenter: Sinead Gleeson


Ways to Listen

Radio Player