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    Tosh Lavery

    During thirty years in the Garda Sub-Aqua Unit Tosh Lavery worked on many murders and most of Ireland's missing persons cases, as well as high profile investigations such as the Whiddy Island disaster and the Mountbatten assassination.

    He became obsessed with a job that demanded utter dedication and total fearlessness. But along the way, he battled alcoholism and his marriage ended. Tosh's story is an uncompromising and revealing look at the macho world of the guards and what it's really like on the inside. Tosh joined Sean this morning in studio.

    Tosh Lavery’s book TOSH: An Amazing True Story Of Life, Death, Danger and Drama in The Garda Sub-Aqua Unit is available in bookshops now and is published by Penguin.

    Book Club Choice for May

    Next month our panel will be reviewing 'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, published by Fourth Estate, €14.99

    If you are reading along, get in touch with us and let us know what you thought - email todaysor@rte.ie with Book Club in the subject line. 

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    Book Club - The Woman Who Stole My Life

    Time for our book club and this month we’re looking at an Irish favourite, Marian Keyes and her latest novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life.

    In studio were Minister of State Aodhan O’Riordan, Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications, Michael Colgan, Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre and broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, who have all been reading it over the last month.

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    How to Cope - Dr. Claire Hayes

    As we know, modern life is full of anxieties, stresses and strains. Dr Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware, joined Sean to talk about new book ‘How to Cope  - The Welcoming Approach to Life’s Challenges.’

    Dr Hayes says that by using cognitive behavioural principles we can train ourselves to cope with difficulties in life.  And for anyone experiencing anxiety or depression, the book’s advice and exercises gives people the tools to help manage the condition themselves.

    How To Cope: The Welcoming Approach to Life’s Challenges by Dr Claire Hayes, is available from today via Gill & Macmillan, priced at €14.99.

    Book Club

    This month's book club choice is Marian Keyes' The Woman Who Stole My Life. Our panel will be reviewing and analysing on Tuesday the 28th, if you've been reading along, have read it or are currently we'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Email todaysor@rte.ie with Book Club in the title. 

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    Book: NYPD Green

    The True Story of an Irish Detective Working in One of the Toughest Police Departments in the World.

    Finglas native Luke Waters shares his story of becoming a homicide detective in the Bronx, New York. 

    NYPD Green is published by Hachette Books and is around €18.99.

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    Clive James - Sentence to Life

    Last October, we had a huge response to an interview we did with the renowned critic and poet Clive James. He spoke to us then about the poems he was working on for his new collection, Sentenced To Life. That collection has just been published and Clive James joined Sean from his home. He begins by explaining the title of the new collection, Sentenced to Life.

    Sentenced to Life by Clive James is published by Picador, £14.99.

    Read More: Clive James: ‘I’ve got a lot done since my death’ Robert McCrum, The Guardian, 15th March 2015

    Read More: Star System - published in the New Yorker last month.

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    Summer Reads

    It's time for our monthly books roundup now and here with us this morning were author Cathy Kelly and Edel Coffey. The clocks have gone forward and the sun has come out, is it too early to think of summer reads? 

    Christine Dwyer Hickey - The Lives of Women

    70s Dublin, bored housewives behind their nets and US woman arrives with martinis and fun and all hell breaks loose. (Reading at Cuirt on Sunday 26th)

    See all recommendations here.

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    Book: Better than Before

    Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project chronicled her attempts to achieve happiness by applying science and positive psychology to her own life.

    The book became a phenomenon, staying on the bestseller lists in America for two years and selling two million copies. Legions of fans claim her book made them happier.

    Gretchen Rubin is back with a new book, Better Than Before, and she joined Sean from our London studios.

    Visit Gretchin's website here for tips and quizzes.

    Read More: Meet Gretchen Rubin, the happiness bully, Will Pavia, The Times Magazine, 14th March 2015

    Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin is published by Two Roads and is available from the Times Bookshop for £13.49 (RRP £16.99).

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