Wednesday 11 December 2019

Mark spent most of his life working as an esteemed botanist and senior curator in the Natural History Museum in London but his career took a surprising turn which now sees him turning his talent to helping the police crack cases.


Wednesday 4 December 2019

Four years ago, Clodagh's life was changed forever. She went from being a fit and healthy, adrenalin-loving young woman to needing round-the-clock care. Through an amazing amount of determination and support Clodagh has defied the odds.


Thursday 28 November 2019

Sarah Corbett Lynch is launching a series of books to help other children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and loss in their lives. A portion of the proceeds of 'Noodle Loses Dad' will go to the Limerick Grief Project.


Tuesday 19 November 2019

In 2005 Ciaran's brother Ronan suddenly disappeared, seemingly vanishing without a trace. Ciaran has written a book called "Bring Him Home" about the search for his missing brother.


Thursday 14th of November 2019

Megan Phelps-Roper grew up as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, the notorious organisation known for its fire-and-brimstone beliefs which was founded by her grandfather. Megan spoke to Ryan about what life was like as a fully indoctrinated member of the church and what caused her to leave it in 2012.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have co-authored 'The Book of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories of Courage and Resilience'. They spoke to Ryan about shining a light on the histories that are all too often overlooked or left unwritten.


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Ronan Farrow's new book 'Catch and Kill' expands on his reporting of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others, while also telling his story of unravelling shocking conspiracies.


Monday 11th of November 2019

When Michaella McCollum's image was broadcast around the world in 2013 it was as one of the infamous Peru Two. She had been caught alongside another girl attempting to smuggle 11 kilos of cocaine from Lima to Madrid. 


Wednesday 6th of November 2019

Independent TD for Kerry Michael Healy-Rae has written a new book about rural life in Ireland and some of the colourful people and traditions he's met along the way. 'A Listening Ear' is available now.


Friday 1st of November 2019

Paddy Holohan didn't have the easiest of starts in life but a drive and fearless competitive streak helped him negotiate his path to success. 'Hooligan' tells the story of the MMA fighter who has now entered the world of politics as a Sinn Féin Councillor.


Thursday 31st of October 2019

GIY's Michael Kelly and Dig in Diner's Muireann Ní Chíobháin have joined forces with award winning illustrator Fatti Burke to create a new book that is a month- by-month guide to growing, cooking and eating food for children.


Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Growing up on the west coast of Ireland in Clare and with family connections on Fenit Island, Ken O'Sullivan was always fascinated by the sea and has made a living filming and photographing the weather and wildlife of the Atlantic Ocean. His new book ‘Stories from the Deep – Reflections of a Life Exploring Ireland’s North Atlantic Waters’ is available now.


Monday 28th of October 2019

'Under the Moon, Over the Stars: Irish Urban Street Games' by Díóg O'Connell chronicles the games played by Irish children for generations.


Monday 28th of October 2019

 'The Naked Irish: Portrait of a Nation Beyond the Clichés' by Clare O'Dea explores the many clichés and stereotypes of Ireland and examines whether or not they are still fit for purpose.


Tuesday 24th of September 2019

In the tradition of Phil Knight's, "Shoe Dog," comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company - all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.


Thursday 19th of September 2019

It's been seven years since Holly Kennedy's husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry's letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind. 


Wednesday 13rd of September 2019

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones–which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. 


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

From CNN's veteran Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, an explosive, first-hand account of the dangers he faces reporting on the current White House while fighting on the front lines in President Trump's war on truth.


Thursday 5th of September 2019

 Abby Jones, a young nanny from a small town outside Boston, is the last person with infant Jacob Rotterdam when he becomes seriously ill. Within hours, tragically, he dies, and Abby is charged with his murder. Heather Baxter, her defense attorney, knows the case is not as clear cut as the Assistant District Attorney claims, and with enormous media attention on the trial, the stakes couldn't be higher. When Heather digs deeper, the shadows of her own past, and her mother's unsolved murder 25 years earlier, in the same small town, begin to unravel with deadly consequences, placing both Heather, and her young client in danger. Will Heather find the link between Abby and what happened to her mother all those years before? And will Abby walk free?


Monday 26th of August 2019

Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

"I Confess," is the latest thriller from Irish author Alex Barclay. Everyone enjoys a reunion. But what if that reunion brings together a group of friends, each of whom have a deep, dark secret that they want to keep hidden - and what if these secrets have a way of coming to the surface? 


Friday 9th of August 2019

Years have passed since the love between Sephy and Callum  destroyed their world and changed their families and society forever. Society appears to be very different now. But things are never really that easy. Because Tobey's just been framed for murder, and the only way to free himself is to turn to his oldest friend - Callie-Rose. Their lives and everything they've fought for are put in the firing line, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as this one, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire...


Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Cookie's life is basically over. Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy. But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then . . . DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH! 
But it's not all bad . . .


Friday 2nd of August 2019

When misfortune and tragedy strikes two women with seemingly perfect but completely different lives, they are thrown together in Venice, where they pit their wits against each other for the love of the same man, and a handsome, blond gondolier becomes the catalyst for a fight to the finish, involving conspiracy, betrayal and death.


Wednesday 23rd of July 2019

Ten years since the phenomenon that was, "One Day," author David Nicholls has returned with, "Sweet Sorrow," a coming-of-age story about first love, breaking the mould, and the realities and frailities of human relationships. 


Friday 19th of July 2019

Author and writer Kate Mulgrew's new book is a memoir of the time she spent with her two ailing parents. In the book, Kate reflects on both of their lives and how they shaped her own. As she pores over her past, her ruminations are transformed when, in the wake of her parents’ deaths, she uncovers long-kept secrets that challenge her understanding of the unconventional Irish Catholic household in which she was raised.


Monday 15th of July 2019

Andrew is an Irish journalist living in Mexico. When his boyfriend is murdered, Andrew sets out on a grief-ridden mission to uncover the story behind it. This leads him down a path of self-destruction towards an oil pipeline, and into a very dangerous situation with those determined to keep the oil - and their money - flowing.


Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

Former police officer Claire Mackintosh's latest book explores - through the unimaginable decision that one couple have to make - how we make decisions in life, and what their repurcussions are. 


Monay 24th of June 2019

Teacher, parent and author Aoife Kirwan came in to talk to Ryan about, "Rory's Rainbow." A children's book all about eternal love, it was inspired by the death of her baby boy Rory in 2016. 


Friday 14th of June 2019

Karin Slaughter's latest thriller marks a return for flawed heroes Will and Sarah. This time they're in a face against time, locked in battle with a mysterious group planning to unleash a deadly epidemic. Karin came in to talk to Maggie about her life, career and new book.


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Former FBI agent John Douglas' new book looks inside the mind of many notorious serial killers, how John communicated with them, and the strategies he came up with to hunt them down. He joined Maggie in studio for a chat.


Monday 3rd of June 2019

Catherine Doyle wasn't sure she would continue writing - until she went to Arranmore to teach creative writing for a week. It inspired her so much that she came up with, "The Lost Tide Warriors," which tells the story of Fionn Boyle, who has to fight the Soulstalkers for the island's survival. 


Thursday 30th May 2019

Author and broadcaster spoke to Ryan about her new book, "Writing Home," which is a series of essays based on her adventurous life as - amongst other things - features editor of Vogue, interviewer of many enfants terribles, and admirer of all kinds of art. 


Wednesday 29th May 2019

BFFs Lisa Carey and Caroline Grace Cassidy came in to tell Ryan about their enduring friendship, and how it has allowed them to write a book about Ava (bride-to-be), Stefan (her co- worker)...and Simon (her fiancé) - and all while on opposite sides of the Atlantic! 


Monday 20th May 2019

Hugely-popular children's author Robin Stevens came in to talk to Ryan about her life, inspiration and work - including her new book, "Top Marks for Murder," in which Daisy and Hazel witness a shocking incident in the woods, and are convinced that it's related to the 50th anniversary of Deepdean. What will they uncover?


Thursday 16th May 2019

Ryan spoke to author and broadcaster Anita Anand to coincide with the release of her new book, "The Patient Assassin;" the dramatic true story of a celebrated young survivor of a 1919 British massacre in India, and his ferocious twenty-year campaign of revenge that made him a hero to hundreds of millions.


Wednesday 15th May 2019

Matthew Collins is a former member of the National Front, and an ex-racist, fascist and bigot. He now speaks at anti-racism rallies and helps to fight prejudice with the organisation, "Hope not Hate." His new book, "Nazi Terrorist," tells the inside story of National Action, from inception to downfall. 


Tuesday 14th May 2019

Author Kealan Ryan came into studio to talk about his book, "The Middle Place," which tells the story of Chris, killed with one punch, who doesn't want to leave this world. And with Kealan was Kirsty-Cyane McGill, whose real-life story is tragically similar to that depicted in, "The Middle Place."


Wednesday 8th May 2019

Friend of the show Fr. Tony Coote has written a book about how he's keeping the faith after his diagnosis with MND. His brother Pat came in to talk to Ryan about Tony and their joyful, inspiring attitude to life, outlined in Tony's book. 


Friday 3rd May 2019

Ahead of her visit to Dublin, author R.J. Palacio spoke to Maggie about her young adult book, "Wonder," which deals with the themes of bullying, standing out, kindness and deciding what's best for yourself. 


Monday 29th April 2019

Ryan spoke to author E.L. James about conversations based around sex, consulting her children for her books(!), and her new book, "The Mister," with protagonists Maxim Trevelyan and Alessia deMachi - a story of duty, intrigue and irresistible attraction. 


Thursday 25th April 2019

Controversial and outspoken writer Bret Easton Ellis' new book is his first work of non- fiction. In it, he discusses television, books, movies, social media, celebrity, politics, relationships, culture and more. He spoke to Ryan about it - amongst many other things. 


Wednesday 24th April 2019

Martin O'Meara is Australia's only Irish recipient of the  Victoria Cross, garnered for his heroics during World War One. However, despite being lauded and applauded, two years later, he was mentally deranged and avoided by society - why? Ian Loftus tells his tragic story in this new book. 


Tuesday 23rd April 2019

John Boyne's new book - apart from the controversy and debate surrounding its publication - is about young Sam Wavers, who, amidst a turbulent family environment, idolises his older brother Jason. That all changes when one day Jason comes downstairs and announces that he's not Jason - he's Jessica.


Thursday 18th April 2019

Anita Anand tells the remarkable story of one Indian's twenty-year quest for revenge, taking him around the world in search of those he held responsible for the Amritsar massacre of 1919, which cost the lives of hundreds. This book explores the unrelenting mission of Udham Singh, and how Ireland's history came to be intertwined with India's. 


Wednesday 17th April 2019

Rachael Keogh is a survivor - and she has the physical, psychological and emotional scars to prove it. Addicted to heroin by the age of 13, she went through many horrific years, causing huge turmoil and distress to her and those around her, before she managed to turn things around and is a healthy, contented woman today. She told Ryan her story, which she recounts in her book, "Dying to Survive."


Monday 15th April 2019

Sometimes, when a seemingly terrible thing happens, you can be brought down a road that leads to a much more contented and fulfilling life - as Jane Ryan discovered when she was let go from her job. Her debut novel, "47 Seconds," details Detective Garda Bridget Flannery's obsession with Seán Flannery, and the tale spins further from there....


Thursday 4th April 2019

Mark Boyle lived for a year without money, and now he has taken it a step further and is living without technology. He hasn't used any in three years, and has vowed to continue. His new book, "The Way Home," details his experience and how it has changed his life. 


Wednesday 3rd April 2019

"How to Fail," is a celebration of things going wrong! Author and podcast presenter Elizabeth Day knows from experience that, despite popular opinion, things going, "Wrong," sometimes turn out to be quite the opposite, and can be the best thing that can happen. She joined Ryan in studio to discuss society's view of failure, and the book she has written as a result.


Monday 19th March 2019

"The Hunting Party," is the new book, and first fictional novel, from author Lucy Foley. It's a classic, "Whodunnit," about a group of thirty-something friends on a reunion holiday together, enjoying being back in each other's company..until one of them ends up dead! Lucy spoke to Ryan on the show about the book.   


Wednesday 13th March 2019

"Notes on a Nervous Planet," is the new book from Matt Haig, discussing all the new technological and societal norms in our world, and how they're affecting us. He spoke to Ryan about it. 


Tuesday 12th March 2019

"The Scholar," is the second book from Irish lawyer-turned-author Dervla McTiernan, who emigrated to Australia after the financial crash in Ireland, tried her hand at writing and delightfully, discovered that she has a bit of a knack for it! The book is currently at no. 2 in the Australian fiction charts. 


Thursday 07th March 2019

Publisher-turned-author Sarah Davis-Goff came in to talk to Ryan about her new book, which tells the story of Orpen, a young girl who, in post-apocalypse Ireland, has to cross the country to find a cure for her mother, who has been bitten by the dreaded zombies. 


Thursday 28th February 2019

Forensic scientist Angela Gallop has been involved in cracking many seemingly uncrackable cases, and reviving and solving a plethora of cold cases, along with being involved in many high-profile ones. She spoke to Maggie about her fascinating career.


Tuesday 19th February 2019

Award-winning historian Tomás macConmara has produced a beautiful and fascinating collection of oral history based on the memories and recollection of people who were alive in Co. Clare during, "The Time of the Tans." He joined Ryan to discuss this dark period in Irish history.


Tuesday 12th February 2019

Author and friend of the show Patricia Gibney dropped in to tell Ryan about her new book, "The Lost Child," but also spoke extensively about her husband Aidan, and how she dealt with losing him at a young age. 


Thursday 7th February 2019

In her work as an intensive care doctor, Aoife Abbey has seen it all, felt it all, and witnessed patients and families feeling it all too, so she chose to recount some of her experiences in terms of the main seven emotions she encounters in her work - fear, grief, joy, distraction, anger, disgust and hope. She told Ryan all about her book, "The Seven Signs of Life."


Thursday 31st January 2019

Mother and campaigner Lorna Gold came in to talk to Ryan about her fears for future generations - including her own children - and how they prompted her to write a new easy-to- understand book about global warming, and its effect on us, called, "Climate Generation."


Monday 28th January 2019

Author of, "Thirteen," Steve Cavanagh joined Ryan in studio to talk about growing up in northern Ireland, becoming an author, and his latest thriller, "Twisted."


Thursday 24th January 2019

Kurt Kleinmann told Ryan about the horrendously harrowing experiences he&his family suffered at the hands of the SS, the sacrifices they made, and the unexpected, but somewhat hopeful and uplifting outcome. 


Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Anne Griffin came in to have a chat with Ryan about her debut novel, about 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan, who over the course of the book, will raise five toasts to the five people who meant the most to him in his life. A delightful book and an equally enjoyable interview!


Tuesday 15th January 2019

A book written by a father for his daughter, "Bright Sparks," is the tale of fifty extraordinary designs, inventions and discoveries by inspirational women - and both father (Owen) and daughter (Anna) joined Ryan in studio to tell all about their joyous book.


Thursday 10th January 2019

"Untying the Knot; How to Consciously Uncouple in the Real World," is Kate Gunn's story (and guide) for negotiating the tricky business of leaving a life partner, but doing it in a civil, humane and decent way - possibly even staying friends afterwards, as she and her ex-husband did!


Thursday 3rd January 2019

Emma Rosen joined Baz on air to talk about how, finding herself disillusioned with the, "Correct," career path that she was following, she completely abandoned it and pledged herself to something completely different, and - quite literally - radical! 


Thursday 27th December 2018

Anna Newton of, "The Anna Edit," on Youtube, is all about editing, getting things neat, and keeping them that way - and she wants you to discover the secret for yourself (spoiler alert; there is no secret!). It's all about balance. She spoke to Maggie Doyle about her book with a recipe for, "An Edited Life."


Thursday 27th December 2018

Mark Maxwell had a heart attack at the age of 18. Unsurprisingly, this had a deep impact on him. He wrote this book to help address the unique modern challenges facing young people today in finding their purpose, and trying to achieve a fulfilment that they can sustain them in a healthy way throughout their life. 


Wednesday 19th December 2018

Eamonn Magee is a man with a story to tell. A former champion boxer, he has been shot, stabbed, beaten, exiled and jailed. He has been a drug addict. His son was murdered. And despite all of this, he's still here. He joined Ryan in studio to tell his compelling story. 


Wednesday 12th December 2018

T.D. Gerry Adams has written a cookbook! When a group of hungry Republicans get together for negotiations, they need to be fed, and that's why Mr. Adams has gathered together these recipes for hearty, wholesome meals that sustained them throughout the.....peas process. 


Monday 10th December 2018

Barry George was wrongly convicted of the murder of popular BBC presenter in 2001. His sister Michelle has written an account of the time, their difficult family history, and how they are today. She spoke to Ryan about the traumatic events of the past, and how she hopes the book will help them. 


Tuesday 4th December 2018

‘Under the Clock’ follows two years in the lives of Helen, a Sligo reporter, and her lover, Catherine, in western Ireland in the early 1990s - a very different Ireland to the one we know now. Colette Byrne fulfilled her partner's dying wish by having this book published. She spoke to Ryan about her mission.


Wednesday 21st November 2018

In 1861, on what was ostensibly a ,"P.R.," visit to Ireland, nineteen-year-old Bertie, Prince of Wales, began an affair with the Irish actress Nellie Cliffden. Andrew O'Connor has composed a fictional account of the controversy that was exactly the opposite of what the royal family at the time hoped to achieve. He and Ryan had a look at the real and imagined events of the time.


Wednesday 7th November 2018

Upon the releast of his new book, "The Sentence is Death," author, t.v. writer and occasional journalist Anthony Horowitz had a light-hearted chat with Ryan about murder, death and all things grisly. 


Tuesday 30th October 2018

"A Spark of Light," is Jodi Picoult's latest novel, which tells the story of a gunman bursting in on a women's reproductive health clinic, and the repurcussions his actions have on - not just the people inside, but everyone they know as well. Jodi spoke to Ryan about the book, her career and how she manages to be such a prolific writer.


Tuesday 23rd October 2018

"Roar," is Cecilia Ahern's new book, with thirty stories of thirty amazing, hilarious, adventurous and brave women. Cecilia visited the studio to talk about parenthood, writing and anxiety attacks. 


Wednesday 17th October 2018

Dracula the Un-dead is a sequel to Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula. The book was written by Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. Previously, Holt had been a direct-to-DVD horror screenwriter, and Stoker a track and field coach! They both joined Ryan in studio for a chat.


Monday 15th October 2018

A book for everyone who dreams of changing the world. From fearless aviator, Lady Mary Heath (the first woman in the world to parachute from an aeroplane) to Margaret Bulkley, (the 18th-century surgeon who lived as a man), Sarah Webb told Ryan about her odyssey, compiling this book about 28 remarkable Irish women who took the world by storm.


Thursday 11th October 2018

On the 8th of May, the body of Matilda Hacker was discovered in the coal cellar of 4 Euston Square. How did she get there, which of the residents kill her, and how did they go undetected?! Sinclair McKay spoke to Ryan about delving into this fascinating true crime that took place in Victorian London. 


Wednesday 26th September 2018

New voice to Irish writing, and this year's winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature Caitríona Lally came on the line to talk to Ryan about how, despite her fantastic win, she has no intention of giving up her job as a cleaner in Trinity College. 


Friday 21st September 2018

"Speeches of Note," is a collection of seventy-five speeches that could have - or would have - changed the world. From luminaries such as Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and.....Kermit the Frog, this book is a beautiful collection of profound words and memorable quotes. Shaun Usher, the speech collector, came in to chat to Ryan about it.


Thursday 13th September 2018

Marianne Power pushed herself to the limit, mortified herself and went way, WAY behind her comfort zone - all in the name of self-improvement. She spent a year of her life testing self- help books to the letter, and this book is the result. She and her irrespressible mother Mary joined Ryan in studio.


Monday 10th September 2018

Jennifer Collins wrote this tribute to her father who bravely and honestly took part in an anti-smoking, "Quit," campaign run by the HSE. He touched a nation but more importantly, he was a family man. This moving memoir outlines the last few months of his life and the love he had for his family. 


Thursday 6th September 2018

Author Sally McAlinden came in to tell Ryan about her new book, based on the forgotten women - the, "Wrens;" a class of wild woman who, during post-Famine times, lived in groups under hedges and lived on their wits. 


 Wednesday 4th July 2018

Don't eat these creations! Nanotechnologist Michelle Dickinson has created a, "Cookbook," for science-lovers, science-novices and children everywhere. All using ingredients that can easily be found in any kitchen, this book brings science to life - right in the comfort of your own home! She spoke to Ryan about her life, work and new book.


 Monday 2nd July 2018

Jane Peters is a twenty-something year old who becomes involved with someone in her workplace and discovers that power and sex sometimes go hand-in-hand. Caroline O'Donoghue, author of, "Promising Young Women," spoke to Ryan about her new novel, women in the workplace and the loneliness of being an ex-pat in London.


 Monday 2nd July 2018

"The World As It Is"  - Ben Rhodes served as a speechwriter and Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barrack Obama. He joined Ryan to talk about his time spent at the President's side over two terms, and share some of his personal insights into Obama and his administration.


Thursday 28th June 2018

Emily Porter is sent to the Gaeltacht - or the "Jailtacht," as she calls it, much to her disgust! She decides to keep a diary of her ordeal. Author Richie Conroy and his dad Don joined Ryan in studio to talk about growing up with a famous father, adventures in the Gaeltacht and Richie's new book, which Don illustrated. 


Wednesday 20th June 2018

"Violet Hill," is the latest novel from author Henrietta McKervey. It tells the stories of two female detectives set across two different timelines. Henrietta joined Dave in studio to tell him about the book alongside Padraig O'Riordan who works as a "Super Recogniser" with the Metropolitan Police.


Tuesday 19th June 2018

Hazel Wallace - Food Medic for Life - Hazel's new cookbook is more than a straightforward collection of 115 recipes. It's also a book with dietary directions, lifestyle tips, nutritional advice, help with sleep and myth-busting! This Louth woman had a chat with Ryan about her ideas, pursuing a career in medicine, and becoming an Instagram sensation. 


Thursday 14th June 2018

Sally Bayley - Girl with Dove - Sally's childhood was somewhat chaotic and at times a little frightening. Amidst the instability she found security in books and characters like Miss Marple and Jane Eyre became sort of literary adoptive parents. She spoke to Ryan about the childhood experiences that form the basis of this unconventional memoir.


Wednesday 13th June 2018

Garrard Conley's memoir "Boy Erased" is a raw recollection of his experiences with gay conversion therapy as a teenager in small-town Arkansas. The book will soon become a major motion picture and Garrard spoke to Ryan about how his family, and the church, tried to shape his identity and why he believes he is one of the lucky ones.


Wednesday 6th June 2018

Playwright Arnold Thomas Fanning joined Ryan in studio to discuss his book "Mind on Fire" in which he chronicles what he calls his "decade of madness". He told Ryan about this time in his life when his own mind was distorted by the mania, depression and delusions of bipolar disorder and what had to happen in order to make it out the other side.

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Ryan spoke to former US President Bill Clinton and best-selling novelist James Patterson about the experience of co-writing their new thriller "The President is Missing".

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Dervla McTiernan, spoke to Ryan about her debut thriller "The Ruin" which is the first in a new crime series featuring DI Cormac Reilly. When Cormac leaves a high- flying Dublin career to return to Galway, he is confronted with a case that has haunted him for twenty years.

Monday 7th May 2018

Elodie Gold is struggling with life in London, a self-indulgent mother and a control freak boyfriend. After her artistic dreams go up in smoke an unexpected event leads Elodie to her grandfather's mansion in the Irish countryside. Ally joined Dave in studio to tell him about the book.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Eithne Shortall is the Chief Arts Correspondent with The Sunday Times and she joined Ryan in studio to talk about her latest novel "Grace After Henry". The book is set in Dublin and follows the story of Grace whose life is rocked by the death of her boyfriend Henry and the introduction of a stranger named Andy who looks just like him!

Wednesday 25th April 2018

Dr. Sharad Paul  is a skin cancer surgeon, a family physician, an academic, an evolutionary biologist and a writer. He spoke to Ryan about his book "The Genetics of Health" which looks at the secrets that lie within our DNA.

Monday 23rd April 2018

Sue Black is a forensic anthropologist who spends her days working with the dead and unlocking the secrets of their skeletons. She spoke to Ryan about her book which looks at death, our attitudes toward it and the forensic science is used to investigate it.

Tuesday 20th April 2018

"Black Water" is the début novel from Cormac O'Keeffe who is the Security Correspondent for The Irish Examiner. The novel has been described as "The Wire set in Dublin".

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Ryan spoke to Heather Morris, the author of "The Tattooist of Auschwitz", which tells the unbelievable story of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist, and the woman he loved.

Monday 9th April 2018

"Skin Deep" is the eagerly awaited third novel by Liz Nugent. It tells the story of Cordelia Russell, a fifty-something faded beauty, shambling through alcoholism and a melancholy existence on the French Riviera, and whose luck is running out.

Thursday 5th April 2018

Ruth Jones, of "Gavin & Stacey" fame, talked to Dave about her début novel "Never Greener" which explores infidelity and the messiness of relationships.

Thursday 27th March 2018

Donal Ryan joined Ryan in studio this morning to chat about his new book 'From a Low and Quiet Sea' which takes the reader on a heart breaking journey from Syria to small town Ireland.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Francisco Cantú is an award-winning writer and served as a U.S. Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. At a time when the topic of immigration is more relevant than ever, Francisco spoke to Ryan about the harsh realities of life along the US-Mexico border for both the people crossing and those sworn to defend it.

Monday 19th March 2018

For the past 30 years, John and Sally McKenna's guide books have been synonymous with quality. "Ireland the Best" highlights their picks on the very best of what Ireland has to offer!

Thursday 15th March 2018

If we lose our memories, do we lose ourselves? This is the question Dr. Jules Montague sets out to answer in her book "Lost and Found: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves".

Tuesday 13th March 2018

As a child Paul displayed a natural talent for football which lead him to Newcastle United, becoming their youngest-ever player in 1982 at the age of 16. However, a chance injury brought about an early end to his career as a player. "The Boy on the Shed" tells the story of Paul's path to the Premier League and everything that happened next.

Wednesday 7th March 2018

Tara grew up preparing for the End of Days in rural Idaho with radical survivalist Mormon parents. Isolated from other people, at the age of 17 she decided to educate herself as a means of escape.

Thursday 15th February 2018

Rosalyn Sheehy's battle with an eating disorder inspired her to come up with an idea for a comic book with a difference. She joined Ryan in studio to talk about her experience with bulimia and her hopes for the book. "Loopy Loo: A Story of Beating Bulimia" is written and illustrated by Dan Reynolds.

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Karen Cleveland spent eight years working as an analyst for the CIA and spoke to Ryan about her debut novel "Need to Know" which draws on her experience of working with one of the most famous organisations in the world!

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Veronica Bird spent 35 years working in some of the UK's toughest prisons alongside many of Britain's most infamous inmates like Myra Hindley and Charles Bronson. She spoke to Ryan about her book "Veronica's Bird: Thirty-Five Years Inside as a Female Prison Officer" which tells the story of her incredible life.

Monday 29th January 2018

Geraldine sent us an email about a conversation she had with her daughter and joined Ryan on the line to talk about her daughter's diagnosis with Aspergers and how she used a book called "I am an Aspie Girl" to broach the subject with her.

Thursday 25th January 2018

Daniel Mallory, aka "AJ Finn", spoke to Ryan about his debut novel "The Woman in the Window". Drawing inspiration from classic Hitchcock cinema, the thriller has become something of a publishing sensation in the US and looks set to do the same on our side of the world.

Thursday, 13th January 2018

Ryan spoke to Emma about the most boring sports to watch on TV and during the conversation he asked her what she was reading.  This book was highly recommended by her, said it was extremely well written and a great story.

Wednesday 12th January 2018

Ryan spoke to Misha Glenny, author of McMafia which has been made into a series about organised crime in London. He has also written a book Nemesis which focuses on the relationship between the bosses who control Brazil's favela’s streets, the drugs traffickers and the various police forces all of whom are on the take.