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    Two weeks ago, Shane Hegarty wrote his final column in The Irish Times. In the year before that, he gave up his role as the newspaper’s Arts Editor, after landing a staggering four-book deal with Harper Collins Children for his Young Adult series “DARKMOUTH”.

    The first installment is published this week, and it has just been announced that the film rights have been sold for a substantial amount. Shane Hegarty joined Sean in studio to talk about the book and upcoming film.

    Darkmouth is published by Harper Collins.


    Academy Street, Mary Costello

    It’s time now for our book club and this month we’ve been reading Mary Costello’s award-winning debut novel Academy Street. The book tells the story of Tess, from her time growing up in the west of Ireland in the 1940s and then later as an emigrant in New York City.

    In studio to review this morning were author Sinead Moriarty; Ger Colleran, columnist with The Irish Star; Natasha Fennel, Director of Stillwater Communications; and author and lecturer Eibhear Walshe.

    Academy Street is published by Canongate, €15.99.

    Our book club choice for February is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, read along with us and let us know what you make of it by emailing with Book Club in the subject box.


    Cut the Crap

    Ruth Field is a criminal lawyer who came up with a plan to get fit while she was pregnant with twins and under doctors’ orders not to run. The result was her best-selling book Run Fat B!tch Run, and she’s just published her third book, Cut The Crap, a no-nonsense plan for a healthy body and mind.

    CUT THE CRAP by Ruth Field is published by Sphere, €15.99.


    John Connolly

    From Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe, Miss Marple to Kurt Wallander, we have an enduring fascination with the crime novel.

    So just what is it that we love so much about crime fiction?

    Well, joining me in studio now is somebody who knows better than most, best-selling crime writer John Connolly, he recalls how he fell in love with crime fiction.

    A Song of Shadows is out on April 9th, published by Hodder & Stoughton (UK).

    Visit John's website here.



    Be Brilliant Everyday

    Do you find your weeks whizz by in a blur and your weekends are over before they’ve even begun? Are you stuck on your hamster mill with no idea how to get off? Does happiness feel like an elusive goal far off in the distant future?

    Andy Cope is a happiness expert and the author of Be Brilliant Every Day. He joined Sean this morning from our studios in Derby. Andy, begins by telling us about his business Art Of Brilliance.

    Read More: Beat the January blues with our day by day guide, Maeve Quigley, The Irish Mirror, 1st Jan 2015


    Man V Fat The Weight Loss Manual

    Carrying a few extra pounds is an occupational hazard for a food writer but in 2010 an unflattering photograph made Andrew Shanahan realise that he needed to lose weight and get fit. But when he went looking for help, information was sparse. He launched a campaign called Man V Fat, which quickly gained support from the likes of Jamie Oliver and the British Dietetic Association, and he has just published his book, Man V Fat: The Weight Loss Manual.

    He joined Sean from our Stoke studios.

    The book is called Man V Fat: The Weight Loss Manual and it’s published by Headline, priced at approximately €14.99. For more information you can go to the website,


    Book Club

    Valerie Trierweiler shot to international fame when her partner, the French President Francois Hollande, was exposed for having a year-long affair with the actress Julie Gayet.

    After months of rumours, Trierweiler discovered the affair when the celebrity magazine Closer published photographs of Hollande visiting Gayet’s apartment on a motorbike. Trierweiler was subsequently hospitalised, suffering from ‘very strong emotional shock’ and her role as first lady was revoked.

    Less than a year later, she published her explosive memoir, Thank You For This Moment, and it’s our book club choice this month. To discuss, columnist and former editor of The Star Ger Colleran, Natasha Fennell, director of Stillwater Communications, journalist and writer Olivia O'Leary and Michael Colgan, director of the Gate Theatre joined Sean in studio.


    Cultural Preview

    It’s out with the old and in with the new and Edel Coffey is here to tell us about the cultural highlights we can look forward to in 2015.

    January is traditionally a quiet enough time for books and films but we’re hitting the ground running this year, Edel tells us what is in store for 2015.

    For all of Edel's highlights see here.


    Let Me Be Frank With You

    In 1995, Richard Ford won a Pulitzer Prize and the PEN Faulkner Award for his novel, Independence Day. It was the first novel ever to have won both prizes. The book, was the second in his trilogy of novels about the sportswriter-turned-estate agent, Frank Bascombe. That character has become one of the definitive fictional creations of the 20th century.

    With his new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, Richard Ford has returned to his iconic character, and he joined Sean on the line from New Orleans. Richard had said he’d never write about Frank Bascombe again after the last novel, The Lay Of The Land – he tells us what made him go back to him.


    Sports Book of the Year

    There are just a few days of shopping time left now before Christmas is upon us and if you’re stuck for some gift ideas, the bookshop is always a good place to start. Today er took a look at some of the great sports books on offer this year.

    Joining Sean with their recommended reads were Sports Writer with The Sunday Independent, Paul Kimmage, GAA journalist, Orla Bannon and Frank McNally of The Irish Times.

    The Bloodied Field, Michael Foley

    Fields of Fire, Damien Lawlor

    Dalo: The Autobiography, Anthony Daly

    In My Own Words, Paul Galvin

    Night Games, Anna Krien

    Cycle of Lies, Juliet Macur

    Rugby, Ou Sont tes Valeurs, Laurent Benezech

    The Second Half, Roy Keane

    KP: The Autobiography, Kevin Pietersen

    The Test: My Autography, Brian O’Driscoll

    For further detail on these books see here

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