Via Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: author Nicole Flattery on a telephonic sisterhood...

"One of the earliest memories of my life is hearing the phrase, 'I’m on the phone.’ It’s a phrase now lodged concretely in my mind, a phrase that carries with it its own specific set of instructions – don’t dare come in, I’m doing something you’re not privy to. Now, there’s no real need to announce you’re on the phone; we’re all on our phones all the time. But back then my mother sat against the wall, on a dining-room chair, the telephone cord wriggling in her lap as she giggled delightedly at whatever one of her sisters was saying now..."

Nicole Flattery is the author of Show Them A Good Time (Stinging Fly Press). She will be talking to Rob Doyle on Tuesday 13 October as part of the Red Line Book Festival 

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays from 8.10 am – listen back here