As Easter 1916 neared thousands of Irish people were looking forward to what many called 'The Scrap' - the day when the military action replace marches, meetings and drills.
Survivors of the rising later gave researchers vivid accounts of what they had done and seen and heard during a week of fighting that left 450 people dead, thousands injured and the centre of Dublin in ruins.
Writer Gene Kerrigan has woven these accounts into a book called 'The Scrap' and he joined Sean this morning.
Two strangers meet on a flight; after a few drinks, one reveals that his wife is having an affair and he would like to kill her. The woman says she will help him do it and so begins a rollercoaster story of twists and coincidences that lead to revenge and murder, ..that’s the premise of The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, our book club choice for this month.
To review our book choice this month we had Paul Williams, Best seller author and Crime journalist, Irish Independent, broadcaster Maxi, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications and John O’Keeffe, Criminologist and Forensic Psychologist in studio.
And to coincide with the release of the movie, Brooklyn, we’ve decided to go back to the book that inspired the film, our book club choice for the month of November will be Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.
Eilis Lacey has grown up in a small town in Ireland, but when she gets the chance to go and live in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, she goes, leaving behind her mother and sister. But as she settles in to her new life, she receives devastating news from home that threatens her future in America.
So, If you’ve never read Brooklyn, now is your chance, we will be discussing the book at the end of November and we would love to hear from you then.
Almost 50 years since his pioneering book Ireland Since The Rising, historian and journalist Tim Pat Coogan casts his eye over our past century of nation-building against the backdrop of the forthcoming centenary in his new book 1916: The Mornings After - From the Courts Martial to the Tribunals. In it he tells the story of the traumatic aftermath of the Rising, and of the emergence of two Irish states from the embers of conflict. Taking a strongly personal perspective he charts the subsequent decades marked as much by complacency, corruption and institutional abuse, as they are by the sacrifices and achievements of the Republic's founding fathers.
Tim Pat Coogan’s book is called 1916 – The Mornings After: From the Courts Martial to the Tribunals. It is published by Head of Zeus and priced at €22.50.
The Irish rugby squad is, as we speak, doing everything they can to make it to a World Cup final, but one Irish man has already been there and done that.I
In studio this morning was Alain Rolland, one of the most successful rugby referees of all time, who went from 40 Leinster appearances and 3 Ireland caps to a career holding the whistle, culminating in taking charge of the 2007 World Cup final in France.
His new book The Whistleblower, covering this fascinating career, and published by Hero Books, is out now.
One of the country’s leading barristers, he has represented a diverse range of clients from gangland criminals like John Gilligan to politicians like Ivor Callely and top bankers like Sean Fitzpatrick.
And Senior Counsel, Michael O’Higgins has another side to him, he is an award-winning short story writer who has just published his first novel, Snapshots. Michael joined Sean in studio this morning.
Detective Chief Inspector - Jane Tennison was immortalised on the small screen by Helen Mirren in the awarding winning TV series, Prime Suspect.
But it was author Lynda La Plante who created the character of Tennison many years ago and while the TV character has disappeared from our screens battling alcoholism, ageism and faces retirement, La Plante has brought Tennison back in her new novel, simply called ‘Tennison’.
Do you ever pick up a book and start reading it fully assured that it’s colourful fiction and then just a few chapters in it suddenly dawns on you that what you’re reading is actually a real life true story? Well that’s exactly how Sean would describe Nemesis – it’s award-winning investigative journalist Misha Glenny’s latest offering with the simple title “Nemesis” is the story of a man called Antônio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, better known as “Nem” who became the king of the largest slum in Rio and the head of a top drug cartel. Eventually becoming possibly Brazil’s most wanted criminal.
It’s a fast-paced crime story that paints a vivid picture of life in the sprawling favelas of Brazil’s second-largest city and it’s author Misha Glenny spoke to Sean this morning.