As book sales rise and book clubs continue to grow across Ireland, the man with the biggest book club in Ireland - Mister Rick O'Shea - takes the reins of the all-new Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

In the first episode of the new series, Rick chats to comedian, podcaster and philosopher Blindbloy Boatclub about his new collection of short stories Boulevard Wren and Other Stories, an untamed, sometimes surreal and often dystopian look at a near-future Ireland.

In a Culture exclusive, listen to an extended version of their highly entertaining Book Show chat above......

The Book Show will also be available as a podcast - keep reading RTÉ Culture for updates and extras.

The Book Show, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday 8th December at 7pm on RTE Radio 1 - listen back here.