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    Book Club

    This months Book Club choice is Hanging with the Elephant, a story of how not to meditate, written by Michael Harding. If you are reading along with us, we'd love to hear what you think of the book - you can email TodaySOR@rte.ie with Book Club in your subject.

    In this new book, Michael Harding is back in Leitrim, in the northwest of Ireland. His wife has just left for a six week trip to Poland and, in her absence, he is alone for the first time since his illness two years earlier. While alone he ponders on the relationship between men and women and revisits his mother's death—and with his own inimitable humor and insight—once again looks at the meaning of life, death, and the journey in between.

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    Book Club: Us

    This month’s selection is Us by David Nicholls, the author of the multi-million selling novel and the film, One Day.

    Us was nominated for this year’s Booker Prize and it tells the story of Douglas and his wife Connie as they head off on a final summer holiday with their teenage son Albie, before he leaves home for college. 

    But the trip turns out to be a last ditch attempt to save Douglas and Connie’s marriage...

    Joining Sean in studio were  Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications, Michael Colgan, Director, The Gate Theatre, Anne Marie Hourihane, journalist and broadcaster and Eibhear Walshe, author and lecturer, Dept of English UCC who had been reading the book for us.

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    Book Club

    Time now for our second book club meeting... and the book we’ve been reading this month is The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, the pen name of JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. 

    Joining Sean in studio were Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications; Dr Eibhear Walshe, Senior Lecturer in the School of English at UCC; author Jennie Ridyard; and Ger Colleran, columnist for the Irish Star.

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    Book Club

    This morning was our first book club meeting.  The book we’ve been reading over the past month is Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel, The Thrill Of It All and joining Sean in studio to discuss it was this month’s book club panel: John Boyne author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Steve Wall musician and member of The Walls; Natasha Fennell, director of Stillwater Communications and Ciana Campbell, Chairperson of the Ennis Book Club festival.

     

    Book Club

    Starting next month, we will be hosting a regular book club here on the Today show.

    We will be joined by a panel of readers to discuss a new novel every month, and we will also be visiting book clubs around the country to find out what you think of the book.

    Joining Sean to announce our inaugural book club selection is author John Boyne.

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