Book On One

The Book ON ONE presents a mix of celebrated classic stories, international and Irish language writing, as well as the best new fiction and memoir selected for their timeless appeal. It broadcasts nightly from Monday to Friday at 11.20pm during RTÉ Radio 1's 'Late Date' and is read by the author of the book or by a professional reader.


Book On One

Book On One

The Book on One

Autumn / Winter 2020

Monday 12 - Friday 16 October and Monday 19 - Friday 23 October: Artist and writer Sara Baume reads the complete text of her book handiwork, published earlier in 2020. This quietly, alluring book, is her personal consideration of what it is to create and live as an artist. It also meditates on grief and Baume's engagement with nature. 

Monday 26 - Friday 30 October 2020: Irish Times features journalist, travel writer and poet Rosita Boland reads the complete text of her essay Bali, 2016 from her highly praised book Elsewhere. Bali, 2016 is a brilliantly raw and engaging personal account of her coming to terms with not being a parent. 

Monday 2 - Friday 6 November and Monday 9 - Friday13 November 2020: Author Joseph O'Connor reads from his award-winning novel Shadowplay. named Irish novel of the Year 2019. Set in and around the Lyceum Theatre, in London, and three characters devoted to the stage and to bringing writing to life. The imagined intertwined lives of Bram Stoker, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry are at the heart of Shadowplay. The infectiousness of theatre and live performance make this book particularly moving to hear its author read at this time. 

Monday 16 - 20 November and Monday 23 - Friday 27 November 2020: Writer Sinéad Gleeson reads a selection of her essays from her award-winning book Constellations: Reflections from Life, inspired by life lived through the body. It was named 2019 Irish Non-fiction Book of the Year,

Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December and Monday 7- Friday 11 December 2020: Bilingual prose writer and poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads from A Ghost in The Throat, the writer's prose debut. It explores how a life can be changed in response to the discovery of another's - in this case Ní Ghríofa discovering Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill and Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire, Already, a best seller since its publication this autumn, and highly tipped to be among the major books of 2020. 

More titles to be announced.



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Producer: Cliodhna Ní Anluain

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