The Book Show Saturday 16 December 2017

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This week on The Book Show Sinéad Gleeson discusses a newly published ghost story by Dorothy Macardle and celebrates Christmas with Gyles Brandreth.

The Book Show, Saturday 16th December

This week on The Book Show Sinéad Gleeson talks to Lisa Coen and Sarah Goff Davis from Tramp Press about their latest publication, The Unforeseen. This is a novel written in 1945 by the writer Dorothy Macardle and is the second of her books to be published by Tramp.

Dorothy Macardle

Vigilia Wilde is a writer who moves to Co.Wicklow to complete a book. While she’s there she begins to experience types of visions. She starts ‘seeing things’.

Lisa and Sarah discuss Macardle’s life and politics - her close association with the Republican movement and friendship with De Valera and - and how the novel depicts a lesser seen middle class Ireland of the 1930s and 40s.

It also depicts a Traveller family, the Vaughans, in a way that wouldn’t be typical of its time. Comparing Macardle to some of her contemporaries, most notably Maeve Brennan, the panel discuss why it is that she has slipped below the radar until recently.

The Unforeseen - Dorothy Macardle

We also hear readings from the novel by Jennifer O’Dea.

We take a short trip to Dubray Books on Grafton Street to speak with a few people who are out buying books for Christmas. It’s a busy time for book shops and the customers we speak to are buying everything from The Gruffalo to Agatha Christie.

One man who knows how to celebrate Christmas is the broadcaster and writer Gyles Brandreth who has published an anthology of collected Christmas writings called On Christmas. It features writers from early Christian saints to Will Self and Gyles tells Sinéad that is comes from his childhood Christmases where his father would gather the entire family around the fire to read aloud by candlelight. He talks about his love of humourists such as Saki (HH Munro) and PG Wodehouse as well as how the Victorians lent us so much of what we now take to be the essence of Christmas. We hear some readings from the book read to us by Eleanor Methven.

On Christmas - Gyles Brandeth

'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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