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    Happy Hour is 9-5 – How to Love your Job, Love your Life and Kick Butt at Work

    by Alexander Kjerulf

    When you wake up on a Monday morning are you filled with dread at the prospect of a full week of work ahead or do you lie there thinking of all the interesting projects you will be working on and what a positive difference you will make? My next guest has written a new book called Happy Hour is 9-5 which is a guide to how you can become happier in your working life.

    Including case studies, exercises, tips and advice, he argues that more and more companies are realising that happiness in the workplace is crucial. It leads to greater productivity which in turn means bigger profits and therefore happiness at work is coming to almost all workplaces soon. He joined Sean today to tell us what happiness at work is, why it is important and how everyone can become happier in work starting today. 


    Knowing Mandela

    Knowing Mandelais a personal tribute to Nelson Mandela, written by the acclaimed South Africa correspondent and author of the international bestseller Playing the Enemy (filmed as Invictus with Morgan Freeman playing Mandela) who has been reporting on Mandela throughout the 1990s.

    John Carlin began covering South African politics while serving as the London Independent’s Bureau Chief in South Africa in 1989, and formed a relationship with Nelson Mandela in the decades since. Mandela has called Carlin’s journalism ‘courageous’ and ‘absolutely inspiring’. Now, Carlin reflects back on the man he has studied and admired for much of his career.

    The book largely focuses on the period between 1990 and 1995 when Mandela faced his most daunting obstacles and recorded his greatest triumphs.


    North Korea Undercover – Inside the World’s Most Secret State

    by John Sweeney (Bantam Press)

    You may remember the controversy last year when a BBC journalist posed as a history professor to enter the most secretive State on earth, North Korea, and film undercover footage for a documentary for BBC’s Panorama.

    He has since written a book about his experiences in a country where every move made by the group he was with was watched by official guides in a country filled with empty motorways and universities without students…

    The documentary maker, John Sweeney also exposes the regime’s links with Ireland having trained Official IRA members in assassination techniques and bomb-making skills. He joins us today to discuss all this and more in his latest book North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State.



    Inside Team Sky

    By David Walsh (Simon and Schuster)

    In his last book, David Walsh documented in very personal detail his pursuit of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and his role in the supposed Tour de France winner’s eventual fall from grace in his book Seven Deadly Sins.

    In an attempt to see how far cycling has come since the dark days of the doping era, he was invited to embed himself with the dominant Team Sky, with whom Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome had completely dominated the 2012 Tour de France. If there were any questions or doubts about the legitimacy of their 2012 victory, he would no doubt find the answers in their 2013 campaign.

    His book, Inside Team Sky takes the reader right into the heart of cycling’s most successful operation.


    The Long Shadow – The Great War and the Twentieth Century

    by David Reynolds (Simon & Schuster)

    On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 a temporary ceasefire or armistice between the allied nations and Germany was signed. Although peace would not formally come until the Treaty of Versailles the following June of 1919, November 11th 1918 is widely commemorated as the beginning of the end of what was known as ‘the war to end all wars’.  Today marks the 95th anniversary of this armistice and it’s fitting that historian David Reynolds joined Sean  in studio to discuss his latest book The Long Shadow – The Great War and the Twentieth Century.   

    In it he argues that the way the British remember the war may have got in the way of understanding its full impact and he maintains that the conflict has become “caricatured”.


    The Irish Beef Book

    He’s been immersed in the world of meat since he was a child, Pat Whelan, a fifth generation butcher is an expert in his craft. He was with Sean to tell us about ‘The Irish Beef Book’, a celebration of the best things about Irish food and what makes our beef a world class product.


    The Kill List

    by Frederick Forsyth (Bantam Press)

    Frederick Forsyth, after an early career as an RAF pilot and journalist, turned his hand to fiction, in particular thriller writing in 1971 initially to pay off some debts. His first book The Day of the Jackal was a huge international bestseller and then blockbuster movie in 1973 starring Edward Fox.

    Forty years and more than a dozen books on, he has published his latest thriller, The Kill List, which journeys into the heart of global terrorism, government ordered assassinations and international intrigue.


    Michael O’Siadhail: Collected Poems

    Micheal O Siadhail is one of Ireland’s finest poets and his ‘Collected Poems’, covering 40 years of his work has just been published. It’s an extraordinary collection featuring a wide range of poems relating to different times in his life. The themes range from the very personal emotions surrounding desire, love and loss to more global issues such as society, language and history.


    The Weekend Chef

    Well, the weekend is coming up and whether you have lined up dinner with friends, want to cook something for the watching the match or maybe just want to do yourself a curry, my next guest has just the thing for you.

    Catherine Fulvio returns with her new book, The Weekend Chef and she came into us this morning.


    Gypsy Empire: Uncovering the Hidden World of Irish Travellers

    By Eamon Dillon (Transworld Ireland)

    More and more the media through TV and Radio programmes such as My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and youtube slagging matches are giving us more and more insight into the lives of the Travelling Community both here and in Britain.

    Eamon Dillon is a journalist who has looked into the lives or Irish Travellers in three particular areas, feud violence, bare-knuckle boxing and Traveller Traders, the secret millionaires of Travellers.

    We also got the response of Martin Collins of Pavee Point.

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