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    The Long Ride Home

    By Rupert Isaacson

    Autism affects one in 100 people in Ireland and there is no known cure.

    In 2004, Rupert Isaacson’s 2 year old son Rowan was diagnosed with Autism. Rupert and his wife Kristin tried all sorts of treatments and therapies, but it wasn’t until Rowan threw himself under the hooves of an old horse called Betsey that Rupert thought about the idea of ‘horse therapy’.

    He spoke to Sean this morning.

    Book Club

    Our book club is under way and this month’s choice is Joseph O’Connor’s new novel, The Thrill Of It All.

    We’ll be reviewing the book on the show in July so there’s plenty of time for you to get reading.

    If you are in a book club or just reading the book along with us, we want to hear from you...

    Get in touch by emailing todaysor@rte.ie and please put the phrase BOOK CLUB in the title of your email.

    OR you can call us on 01 208 21 98.

    You can find more information and updates, along with tips for starting your own book club on our website.

    The Thrill of it All is published by Harvill Secker and is on sale now at €20.

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    Ten Cities That Made an Empire

    By Tristram Hunt (Allen Lane)

    In the early twentieth century it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire. Yet since the 1920s when it reached its height, the Empire has been in decline. So what does the future hold for the British empire today and what role did Dublin play within it?

    In Ten Cities that Made an Empire, Tristram Hunt seeks to explore the story of the British Empire through ten cities.

    Hard Choices

    Hillary Clinton launched her memoir, Hard Choices, this week in what appears to be traditional fashion for someone about to embark on a US Presidential campaign.

    Sean was joined by Graham Finlay of the School of International Relations in UCD.

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    Emotional Eating

    ‘Comfort Eating’... ‘Emotional Eating’... Call it what you want but they are both using food to deal with emotional issues and problems. 

    Recent research also shows that Ireland’s obesity levels are now above the EU average.

    Obviously, emotional eating is not fully to blame but changing your way of thinking may help you to lose weight and think more positively.

    Dr. Jane McCartney, Chartered Psychologist and author of Stop Overeating: The 28-Day Plan to End Emotional Eating for Good joined Sean from a studio in London.

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    Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.

    By Arianna Huffington (published by Random House)

    It took collapsing and lying in a pool of her own blood before Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post, finally realised that she couldn’t continue to live her life the way she had been.  Now the reformed workaholic is on a mission to urge others to realize that ‘rest’ is a key part of success in her new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder. 

    Finding Me – A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed

    By Michelle Knight (Weinstein Books)

    It  is just over a year since my next guest alongside Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped from the house of horrors in Cleveland, Ohio where she was held as a prisoner for 11 years by Ariel Castro. The school bus driver pleaded guilty to 937 charges, including aggravated murder, kidnap, rape and assault, and last August was given a sentence of life plus 1,000 years but was found hanged in his cell a month later. Michelle Knight is starting to rebuild her life and has just written a book about her experiences called Finding Me – A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed and joins us today.

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    The Trigger – Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War

    By Tim Butcher (published by Harvill Secker )

    “The great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans,” were the ominous words spoken by Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany in 1888. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914 has long been seen as the trigger for World War I, yet why is there still so little known about the man whose one bullet started the war to end all wars?

    Tim Butcher joined Sean today.

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    A Curious Career

    Lynn Barber is an award-winning journalist who has worked for Penthouse magazine, Vanity Fair and The Observer newspaper to name just a few.

    Her famously scathing celebrity interviews earned her the nickname ‘Demon Barber’. And her memoir, An Education, about her teenage affair with an older man was made into the feature film of the same name, starring Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike.

    She has just published a new memoir - A Curious Career - in which she recounts some of her most famous – and difficult – interviews, as well as discussing growing older, the changing nature of celebrity and media.

    She joined Sean this morning from London.

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    The Ballymaloe Cookbook

    It may be known for its relish, but this year sees 50 years since the founding of the Ballymaloe House restaurant by Myrtle Allen in East Cork.

    To celebrate its anniversary - and Mrs. Allen’s 90th birthday - Ballymaloe have published a new revised edition of The Ballymaloe Cookbook.

    In our Cork Studio was JR Ryall, Ballymaloe’s Head Pastry Chef and worked with Myrtle Allen on the revised edition of the book.

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