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    Packie Bonner - The Last Line

    Nobody has shaped or been closer to the big moments in Irish football over the past 30 years more than my next guest.

    With 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland, not to mention the pivotal role he played in our World Cup glory days, Packie Bonner is a true soccer hero.

    In his new autobiography, The Last Line: My Autobiography, Packie shares stories from his time on and off the pitch.

    And it’s hard to believe but it’s twenty five years since Packie Bonner entered the Irish sporting history books.

    Packie Bonner joined Sean this morning.

    Packie Bonner’s book ‘The Last Line: My Autobiography’ is written with Gerard McDade and published by Ebury Press. 

    And Packie will be signing copies of his book in Easons O’Connell Street, Dublin at 12 noon Saturday Oct 3rd.


    Book Club: Purity

    Time again for our book club and this month’s book is the latest novel by Jonathan Franzen, Purity.

    In 2010, Time Magazine anointed him The Great American Novelist and Franzen’s previous novels, Corrections and Freedom have topped best sellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Joining Sean to discuss Purity and whether Franzen lives up to expectation was author John Connolly, broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Mary McEvoy and Artistic Director of The Gate, Michael Colgan.


    Nemesis - Misha Glenny

    Do you ever pick up a book and start reading it fully assured that it’s colourful  fiction and then just a few chapters in it suddenly dawns on you that what you’re reading is actually a real life true story? Well that’s exactly how Sean would describe Nemesis – it’s award-winning investigative journalist Misha Glenny’s  latest offering with the simple title “Nemesis” is the story of a man called Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, better known as “Nem” who became the king of the largest slum in Rio and the head of a top drug cartel. Eventually becoming possibly Brazil’s most wanted criminal.

    It’s a fast-paced crime story that paints a vivid picture of life in the sprawling favelas of Brazil’s second-largest city and it’s author Misha Glenny spoke to Sean this morning.


    Sebastian Faulks - Where My Heart Used to Beat

    To some listeners, our next guest is perhaps known as the writer of the James Bond tribute novel ‘Devil May Care’, but to many more, he is the author of the hugely acclaimed novel, ‘Birdsong’.

    Where My Heart Used to Beat is the title of his latest book. It tells the story of Robert Hendricks, a disillusioned psychiatrist who is unexpectedly forced to confront the events that made up his life.

    Sebastian Faulks spoke to Sean this morning.


    Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

    Sinead Crowley, arts and media correspondent for RTÉ news joined Sean on the line following the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, a varied list but no sign of Irish author Anne Enright for The Green Road. 

    Those who have made it on to the list are: 

    Satin Island Tom McCarthy,
    Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen
    THe Year of the Runaways Sunjeev Sahota
    Anne Tyler A Spool of Blue Thread
    Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life
    A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James


    Book: The Great Betrayal

    Former Sunday Independent political columnist John Drennan may have recently left the world of journalism to serve as a political strategist with Renua Ireland but he remains committed to print with the publication of his latest book.

    His new offering is titled The Great Betrayal: How The Government with the Largest Majority in the History of the Irish State Lost It’s People – it serves as his account of our current coalition government and what he asserts will be its legacy. In it he traces the uncertainty of our political times, and how our political landscape has changed since Fine Gael and Labour took power in 2011, if at all. He joined Sean in studio this morning. 


    Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood

    Any pregnant woman would be forgiven for being baffled by the vast array of information on offer about childbirth. Irish midwife and antenatal teacher Nancy Murphy has just published her own guide - Preparation for Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood – and she joined Keelin from our Limerick studios.


    The Book Club - Tender

    It was time this morning for our book club to come back together and this month we’ve been reading Irish author Belinda McKeon’s new novel Tender.

    Joining Sean in studio were John Lyons, Labour TD for Dublin North-West; author and football commentator Eamon Dunphy, author and actor Mary McEvoy and author and singer Mary Coughlan who have all been reading the book for us.

    Belinda McKeon’s Tender is published by Picador at £13.99.


    Summer Reads

    For many of us, the holiday season gives us the rare opportunity to get into a good book, and with time of the essence we don’t want to waste a moment on a dreary read.

    With so many new books hitting the shelves... not least Harper Lee’s second book released today,  it can be hard to know which ones to choose that will have us madly turning pages down by the pool. So we’ve brought in the experts, Bob Johnston of the Gutter Bookshop and author Cathy Kelly who have with them a bundle of their best picks for the summer holidays.

    Listen to Reese Witherspoon reading chapter one of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman below.

    See all of Cathy Kelly's and Bob Johnston's recommendations here.


    My Mother's Secret - Sheila O'Flanagan

    Just over 15 years ago, Dubliner Sheila O’Flanagan left a career in finance to follow her dream of writing fiction.

    She has just finished her 20th novel, My Mother’s Secret, and she joined Sean in studio this morning. 

    My Mother’s Secret is released on July 2nd in paperback via Headline Review, priced €13.99.


    Sheila O'Flanagan and Sean in studio

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