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    Guantanamo Diary

    It was 2002 when Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritian who had trained alongside al-Qaida, was first detained in Guantanamo Bay.

    Nearly thirteen years later he remains in his cell, despite having never been prosecuted or had a charge laid against him.

    His diary, hand-written on over 400 pages during his imprisonment, has been turned into the recently released book, Guantanamo Diary which gives a rare insight into the word’s most notorious prison.

    The book was published with the help of his lawyer, Nancy Hollander, who is in Ireland to speak at the International Literature Festival Dublin this evening, and she joins me in the studio.

    Nancy Hollander, US criminal defence lawyer, will speak about the book Guantanamo Diary at the International Literature Festival Dublin this evening, 6pm at the O’Reilly Theatre.

    Read More: Torture – an intimate history: Guantánamo Diary, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Lawrence Douglas, Irish Times, 21st Feb 2015

    Read More: Republicans offer Obama path to close Guantanamo before leaving office, Jacqueline Klimas, Washington Times, 14th May 2015


    Novel: Tanglewood

    Dermot Bolger is an author, playwright and poet inextricably linked with Dublin. From his plays set in and performed in Ballymun to his adaptation of Ulysses, he is an author inextricably connected with his home town of Dublin. He has just published his new novel Tanglewood and he joined Sean in in studio.

    Read More: Tanglewood by Dermot Bolger review: an outstanding piece of work, Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Irish Times, 16th May 2015


    Books Round Up

    Two authors who need no introduction – bestselling writers Cathy Kelly and John Connolly – were in studio to give us their recommendations for the best books to read this month.

    What Becomes of Us by Henrietta McKervey – Set in RTÉ in 1965 about Irish woman who returns to Ireland from UK with daughter and her own secrets, who is researching a documentary for 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising and finds more secrets...

    See all  of Cathy and John's recommendations here


    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 with Book Club in the subject line. 


    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.


    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 with Book Club in the title. 


    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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