On The Book Show this week on RTÉ Radio 1, Michelle Gallen talks to Rick O'Shea about the depiction of Irish small towns in fiction and her successes of 2020, not least having the brilliant Nicola Coughlan (Clare in Derry Girls) read the audiobook for her novel Big Girl, Small Town, nominated this week for the Costa First Novel Award.

Regular Book Show contributor Stefanie Preissner is no stranger to being nominated for awards, either, although she is very much a stranger to the concept of attending awards ceremonies. As it is awards season, she couldn’t let the opportunity pass to give us her proverbial 50 cents on the subject.

Stefanie Preissner

Fresh from its win at this week's Irish Book Awards, A Ghost in the Throat is the subject of this week’s book club slot. Author Doireann Ní Ghríofa joins Rick to field questions from the Wicklow Women’s Book Club, who discussed the novel at their most recent (Zoom) meeting. The meeting lasted THREE hours, so taken were they with the book...

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