The Book On One

The Book On One

Monday to Friday, 11.20pm

Monday 27 to Friday 31 May

The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.


23 to 27 January - 'Not The Same Sky' by Evelyn Conlon, read by the author.

By 1848 famine has ravaged Ireland.  A shortage of female labour in Australia offers a kind of solution to what to do with the growing numbers in the workhouses... This novel is imagined from the real lives of the girls who sailed aboard the Thomas Arbuthnot and who made new lives in Australia.

'Not The Same Sky' by Evelyn Conlon is published by Wakefield Press.


You can listen back to the last four weeks of The Book on One here:  Listen 

['Listen' will open the most recent episode in the RTÉ Radio Player.  If you would like to hear an earlier episode, please click on 'Listen back further' - in the middle of the Player screen - which will open a calendar.]

16 to 20 January - 'Four Sides Full', a personal essay by Vona Groarke, read by the author.

9 to 13 January - 'An Attack of Hunger' from the story collection 'The Springs of Affection' by Maeve Brennan, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.

2 to 6 January - ‘A Free Choice’ from ‘The Springs of Affection’ by Maeve Brennan, read by Cathy Belton.

'Solace' by Belinda McKeon

‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon, read by Aidan O’Hare.

Belinda McKeon’s award-winning debut novel tells the story of Mark Casey, a doctoral student at Trinity College who is struggling with the demands of writing his thesis and helping out on the family farm at home in the midlands. His is a life without focus until he meets a young woman at a party.

‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon is published by Picador.


Also currently available for playback:

‘Canada’ by Richard Ford, read by the author, 27 to 31 May

‘The Boat’ by Nam Le, read by Gary Murphy, 13 to 17 May

'Dark Lies The Island' by Kevin Barry, read by the author, 6 to 10 May


3 to 28 September 2012: 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens, read by Conor Farrington.
Click on 3 September in the Programme Archive.

11 to 15 February 2013: 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen, read by Karen Ardiff.
Click on 11 February in the Programme Archive.




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