Gary Murphy reads Episode 1 of the short story The Joy Ride from the collection The Becker Wives by Mary Lavin, recently reissued by New Island after years out of print. Listen to it above.

With their master away, two butlers goad one another into a day of carefree devilment. The setting for The Joy Ride brings us into the heart of Lavin landscape - the countryside of County Meath.

Tune in to The Book on One, RTÉ Radio 1, Monday to Friday at 11.20pm - or listen back here