The Reading List Tuesday 1 August 2017
THE R EADING LIST WITH JOHN KELLY, Tuesdays, 10pm
A new six-part series about books and authors that you may have heard about, but never got around to reading. With a mix of Irish and international contributors, each episode will celebrate a single book.
‘A Spy in the House of Love’ by Anaïs Nin.
Writers Eimear McBride and Paul McVeigh discuss Nin’s 1954 novella, the story of Sabina and her pursuit of pleasure through her relationships with four very different men.
‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson.
Writer John Boyne and biographer Ruth Franklin discuss Jackson’s 1959 novel, in which a group of strangers is invited to spend a summer in a mysterious old mansion, looking for evidence of the supernatural.
‘Another Country’ by James Baldwin.
Colm Tóibín discusses Baldwin’s 1962 novel, which caused a sensation when it was first published, with its exploration of sex, race and class in the New York of the 1950s.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote.
Belinda McKeon and Thomas Fahy discuss Capote’s 1958 novella, set in New York in 1943, the story of an unnamed narrator, and his neighbour, Holly Golightly.
‘The Periodic Table’ by Primo Levi.
Christine Dwyer Hickey and Enda O’Doherty discuss the collection of stories by the Italian Jewish chemist and Auschwitz survivor, which combines fiction, memoir and science.
EPISODE SIX – TUESDAY 8 AUGUST
‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys.
In the final episode in the series, Dawn Sherratt-Bado and Steve Padley discuss Rhys’ 1966 novel, which gives a voice to the so-called madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’.