The Book Show Sunday 2 December 2018

The Book Show

The Book Show

This week Eithne Shortall talks to authors about love and fiction. She's joined by Hazel Gaynor, David Park and Abby Green.

The Book Show, Sunday 2nd December

On this week’s Book Show  Eithne Shortall looks at love as a subject within novels and how tricky it can be to get right. Many of literature’s great stories are love stories so how do contemporary authors write about it in a way that is both fresh and true? How do we avoid falling into cliché? 

Eithne Shortall

There is also a view, sometimes, that love stories are lesser stories, even though love is the greatest motivation any person, or character, can have.   We went along to Dubray Books on Grafton St in Dublin to talk to manager Mairead Gallagher and we find out which books people are buying about love. 

Eithne talks to other novelists about how they approach the task of writing about love - be it romantic, sexual or parental - and in finding out what readers think is the greatest book about love.

She’s joined by David Park whose latest novel Travelling in a Strange Land sees a middle-aged father travelling from Belfast to Sunderland during a snowstorm to bring home his ill son. 

Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park


With them is Hazel Gaynor whose latest novel The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter tells the story of Grace Darling, a real-life heroine of the sea and also Abby Green, who has been writing books for Mills & Boon for a decade.  Her latest book is An Innocent, A Seduction, A Secret. 

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

An Innocent, A Seduction, A Secret by Abby Green

The authors read from their work and discuss their different approaches to writing about love and sex. 

The Book Show, Sunday 2nd December

This week Eithne Shortall talks to authors about love and fiction. She's joined by Hazel Gaynor, David Park and Abby Green.

The Book Show is back for its fifth season. For the past few years we’ve interviewed hundreds of writers for the show. Now the writers get to ask the questions. In the first half of the season John Boyne, Eimear McBride, Eoin Colfer and Liz Nugent guest-present programmes. We’ll also hear from producers Regan Hutchins on Tristram Shandy and Zoë Comyns on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 

This week on Sunday 25th March, John Boyne sits in the chair.

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