Time for our montly book club and this month our selection is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.
Reading it for us were author John Connolly, former minister for education Mary O’Rourke, author and columnist with teh Irish Examiner, Michael Clifford and Justine McCarthy, columnist with the Sunday Times.
Alexander McQueen was one of the most controversial fashion designers of his generation. He sent Gwyneth Paltrow in a see-through blouse to the Oscars, sprayed models with paint on the catwalk and was always ready to shock while producing the most exquisitely tailored, powerful clothes. He was also a tormented soul, never far away from the dark side.
He died tragically in February 2010. Blood beneath the Skin is a new biography of Alexander McQueen written by Andrew Wilson who joined Sean from London.
Kate Gross was an ambitious young woman when she was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 34. In her 20s, she was the youngest ever advisor to Tony Blair, and in her 30s she went on to set up her own charity in Africa, and she also got married and gave birth to twin sons.
Kate’s last gift was to write her memoir, Late Fragments, so her sons could one day discover who their mother was. She died at home on Christmas day in 2014.
Joining me now from our Cambridge studios is Kate’s mother, Jean Gross. Good morning Jean and thank you for joining us this morning.
Late Fragments: Everything I want to tell you (about this magnificent life) by Kate Gross is published by William Collins Books, priced at €19.99.
We’ve all wondered at one time or another, what the world would be like after some apocalyptic event. It’s long been the stuff of science fiction. Who would survive, where would they live and would they be able to rebuild society and our culture as was, or would they retreat to a hunter/gatherer state? Less than a decade ago, Dylan Evans decided to sell his house, quit his job and launch what he dubbed the Utopia Experiment. In the Scottish Highlands he and his fellow volunteers would live a primitive existence in the wild as if they had survived such a cataclysmic global event. His book also called The Utopia Experiment is the story of what happened.
His government has deepened the divide between rich and poor, left and right, young and old, town and country. Having no grasp of the national interest he has increased the tension between the nations that make up his country. His party is one of - 'shrunken aspirations'.
These are just some of the criticisms of David Cameron and the Conservative Party made in a book called Cameron's Coup: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink.
The authors of this caustic review of David Cameron's first five years in office are Polly Toynbee and tain and David Walker and Polly was in our London studio.
'History has shown that anyone can be killed'. That quote from the Godfather 2 was in a text composed by a member of the Russian secret police, and intended for Bill Browder, my next guest.
Bill founded Hermitage Capital, a Moscow-based hedge fund that was once one of the world's most successful. He is now a campaigner against human rights abuses and corruption in Russia. Putin's forces have already killed one of his colleagues, and the Russian government is seeking his extradition.
His newly-published memoir is Red Notice: How I became Putin's number 1 Enemy available now, published by Transworld Books, price £13.99.
“Do as much as you can, as well as you can, for as many as you can, for as long as you can" – that was the simple philosophy of the late Father Aengus Finucane, the renowned Irish missionary who was at the forefront of Ireland’s humanitarian efforts in the developing world as he helped build the Concern charity organisation over 40 years up to his death in 2009. Deirdre Purcell has interviewed over 80 people who knew him in researching her newly published biography Aengus Finucane: In The Heart of Concern. Deirdre joins me now in studio, and I’m also joined by Aengus’ brother Father Jack Finucane, whose own lifelong efforts in the developing world are on a par with his elder sibling.
"Aengus Finucane: In the Heart of Concern" is to be launched by former President Mary Robinson in Hodges Figgis bookshop in Dublin on Tuesday February 17.