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Great Works in Western Literature with Joseph Pearce, hosted by Kris McGregor,This series examines, from the Judeo-Christian perspective, the life, the times, and influence of authors of great works in literature. This program offers Catholic Cultural Apologetic for those on the discerning journey.
 
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In the uncertain times in which we are living, reading has become a welcome refuge for many. Although even the most ardent reader can be stuck for inspiration. Each week Rick O'Shea will point you towards books and authors you may not have considered. Expect conversation, reports, recommendations and the ever popular Book Club slot where one of the nation's book groups quizzes a writer whose work they have read for one of their recent meetings.
 
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Kevin Power talks about ‘White City’, his second novel. Aifric O’Connell looks at what happens when novels go out of copyright. With Bob Dylan turning 80, Liam MacNally has put together a very timely collection entitled ‘Happy Birthday Mr Bob' And a selection of book clubs share their recommended reads.…
 
Louise Nealon’s ‘Snowflake’ is one of the most anticipated debut novels of the year, but ‘pressure is for tyres’ she says. Breda Brown is in studio to look at the genre of Irish historical fiction. Anne Griffin returns to The Book Show to answer questions from The Vine Club about her brand new second novel, ‘Listening Still…
 
Fíona Scarlett talks about the surprising moment of inspiration for her debut novel ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. Aifric O’Connell has some very useful ‘tips and recs’ for getting back into the habit of reading. The Bookmarks Book Club in Dublin have several questions for Conor O’Clery about ‘The Shoemaker and his Daughter’ and other things besides.…
 
Not one to make life easy for himself, Jon McGregor set about trying to write interestingly about the vast, white and relatively featureless landscape of Antarctica. Breda Brown investigates the growth in ‘Northern Noir’. 'Reading Between the Wines' book club have questions for Catriona Ward, author of 'The Last House on Needless Street'.…
 
With Nomadland the film getting all the plaudits we speak to investigative journalist Jessica Bruder who wrote the original book detailing the lives of these modern economic nomads. John Boyne answers questions from the Bafllrs Book Club about his novel 'The Heart's Invisible Furies' and Aifric O'Connell takes a look at dystopian fiction.…
 
Max Porter talks about The Death of Francis Bacon. Dr Aoife Bhreatnach is reading Ireland's formerly banned books to hunt out the filth, the muck and the downright indecent. Joseph O’Connor answers questions from the Charlie Byrne’s Book Club in Galway city about his novel Shadowplay.RTÉ Radio 1
 
Louise Kennedy reflects on rave reviews and being an inspiration for other women who have come to writing later in life. Catherine Ryan Howard says that crime fiction has no obligation to reality. Emer McLysaght answers questions (on behalf of Sarah Breen and herself) about Oh My God What A Complete Aisling!…
 
Neil Jordan discusses 'The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small'. The Fingal Libraries Online Book Club puts the questions to Rónán Hession about 'Leonard and Hungry Paul'. Aifric O'Connell looks at some of the best plot twists in contemporary fiction.RTÉ Radio 1
 
With the huge success of Champagne Football, Mark Tighe talks about it and the inspiration he found in All The President's Men. The Best Book Club EVER (that's its name) in Mallow, Co Cork ask Maggie O'Farrell about Hamnet. And Stefanie Preissner looks at what the books we choose for others says about how we see them.…
 
Helen Cullen talks about lack of the representation of ‘The Irish Mammy’ in fiction and insights gained from her own novel ‘The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually’. Chris Whitaker answers questions from the Readin’ & Feedin’ Book Club in Drogheda, Co Louth about his novel ‘We Begin At The End’. Stefanie Preissner has a bone to pick about cop clichés.…
 
With Big Girl, Small Town shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Michelle Gallen talks about small-town Ireland. Doireann Ní Ghríofa answers questions from the Wicklow Women’s Book Club about ‘A Ghost in the Throat’, the Irish non-fiction book of the year at the An Post Irish Book Awards.RTÉ Radio 1
 
John Banville tells us why we need to read Hubert Butler. Stefanie Preissner has a wish-list of books she would like to read...once they have been written, that is. And the Giant’s Causeway Book Club put their questions to Sarah Crossan about her novel One.RTÉ Radio 1
 
From The Haunting of Hill House to a terraced one in East Belfast, Jan Carson will look at terrorising of the domestic space and the legacy of Shirley Jackson. Stefanie Preissner navigates the blurred lines between fact and fiction. And the Bitchin' Book Club in Dublin will be put their questions to Louise O’Neill, about her novel Asking For It.…
 
On this edition of The Book Show...when Jack becomes Jacqueline: we’re talking gender-swapped fairytales. Stefanie Preissner has reached 'peak memoir' and she should know she’s written two, The Book Movie Whiskey Album Club in Limerick city can’t wait to get stuck into John Connell’s The Cow Book.RTÉ Radio 1
 
Bookseller and author Shaun Bythell talks about The Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops. We will take a look at the role of suspense in fiction, and the Tanyard Lane Book Club, Tullamore, Co Offaly quiz Anne Griffin, the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year 2019 about her novel, ‘When All Is Said’.…
 
On this edition of the Book Show: a possible culture clash as teachers in Kerry question Paul Howard about Ross O’Carroll Kelly, Stefanie Preissner has tips to finally tackle that ever increasing pile of books marked ‘to be read’ and writer Jenny Offill talks about trying to be funny about climate crisis...and life in the US in general.…
 
Children's author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce spells out why children's books are so important and why they should be afforded more respect. Sara Baume will be quizzed by the Mannan Castle Book Club from Co Monaghan about her novel 'spill simmer falter wither'RTÉ Radio 1
 
Best selling thriller author Michael Connelly on how he solved his own problem writing during this pandemic in an eerily quiet Los Angeles. We look at how bookshops might function when they reopen, hear from a first time author who has yet to see her debut novel in an actual shop & book clubs recommend some of their favourite reads for the summer.…
 
On this week's podcast Rick O’Shea gets a socially distant tour of Ian Rankin’s writer’s den in Edinburgh, Colum McCann - under lockdown - in the US, is grilled about his novel Apeirogon by a book club whose latest meeting he gatecrashed and Stefanie Preissner has the latest news from the world of books.…
 
On this week's podcast Rick O'Shea hears about some of the 'perverse pilgrimages' embarked upon by Mark O'Connell in his search for how best to survive the apocalypse, Liz Nugent is quizzed by the Tuesday-Thursday Book Club in Tramore Library about her novel 'Skin Deep' and Stefanie Preissner has the week's news.…
 
Rick talks to Naoise Dolan about her debut novel ‘Exciting Times’ which is set in Hong Kong and is one of the reasons she has been able to beat the ‘reader’s block’ which had been plaguing him of late. Stefanie Preissner has the week’s book news and Mike McCormack answers questions from the Roundwood Book Club about his work ‘Solar Bones’.…
 
In this week's Book Show Rick O'Shea talks to Maggie O'Farrell about her telling of the story of Shakespeare's son Hamnet. Sebastian Barry is grilled by the Castlebar Library Book Club about his novel 'Days Without End' and Stefanie Preissner brings you the week's book news.RTÉ Radio 1
 
We continue our exploration of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent”—a tour de force response to the present darkness in the Church. From the New York City skyline to the meaning of the word “Modernism”. We continue our discussion of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent”. You can find the book here Robert Cardinal Sarah ca…
 
We begin our exploration of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent”—a tour de force response to the present darkness in the Church. From the New York City skyline to the meaning of the word “Modernism”. We continue our discussion of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent”. You can find the book here Robert Cardinal Sarah calls…
 
We begin our exploration of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “The Day Is Now Far Spent”—a tour de force response to the present darkness in the Church. In this week’s reading, the cardinal pays a special tribute to such controversial churchmen as Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (all Ignatius Press authors). What he say…
 
Rick O’Shea visits Eoin Colfer him in his creative hub – the shed at the end of his garden. Jan Carson, winner of the EU Prize for Literature is interviewed by the Book Paper Scissors Book Club in Belfast. We find out what the one book is that Baz Ashmawy and Eilish O’Carroll would recommend.RTÉ Radio 1
 
Rick O’Shea chats to Blindboy Boatclub. 2019 Booker Prize co-winner Bernadine Evaristo reads from her prize-winning novel. John Boyne wrestles with the questions put to him by the members of Hughie’s Bar Bookclub in Donegal on his novel The Hearts Invisible Furies. The Book Show Sun 8th December 19.00 RTÉ Radio 1 rte.ie/culture bookshow@rte.ie…
 
We will be praying with and learning from Blessed John Henry Newman for many, many years to come. Joseph Pearce has been an excellent student, as well as an instructor of (or should I say “illuminator of”) the life and work of this great man, John Henry Newman, and who is now a bonafide member of the Cloud of Witnesses. It’s ALWAYS a joy to talk wi…
 
We discuss “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a …
 
Episode 10 – Great Works in Western Literature with Joseph Pearce – William Shakespeare Though a staple in high school English classes, Julius Caesar is not a simple play. Seemingly irreconcilable forces are at work: fate and free will, the changeableness and stubbornness of ambitious men, the demands of public service and the desire for private ga…
 
Episode 10 – Great Works in Western Literature with Joseph Pearce – William Shakespeare Arguably Shakespeare’s finest and most important play, Hamlet is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. “To be or not to be”, may be the question, but the answer has eluded many generations of critics. What does it mean “to be”? And…
 
In this exciting novel set during the French Revolution, Charles Dickens expresses sympathy for the downtrodden poor and their outrage at the self-indulgent aristocracy. But Dickens is no friend of the vengeful mob that storms the Bastille and cheers the guillotine. As with all of his stories, his passion is for the unforgettable and unrepeatable i…
 
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