Best Reads 2018‘There are very few times when I open an envelope upstairs in the office and I make a little squealing sound…  One of which was when Donal Ryan’s book arrived.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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2018 has dawned fresh and hopeful and full of great reads.  To point you towards some of the best your bookshop has to offer, RTÉ Gold presenter Rick O’Shea, and Raven Book’s Louisa Cameron joined Sean O’Rourke with a few of their top picks.

It there’s one read Rick is excited about in 2018, it’s the latest Donal Ryan offering.

“There are very few times, Sean, when I open an envelope upstairs in the office and I make a little squealing sound – because I’m a 44-year-old man and that shouldn’t happen – one of which was when Donal Ryan’s book arrived just before Christmas.”

From a Low and Quiet Sea is out this March and Rick says “The first section is probably the best thing that Donal has ever written.”

Louise particularly enjoyed Liz Nugent’s Skin Deep.

“Liz knows how to open books well with great impact and it makes you turn that page and keep going…  There’s a woman who has clearly got this dead body in her apartment.  You don’t know her age, her colour, her socio-economic circumstances but she has clearly had some influence in this man’s demise and it goes from there.”

They’re both interested in Louise O’Neill’s next book.  She’s got two in the pipeline this year.  One is a retelling of The Little Mermaid which will be available towards the end of the year but in March, Almost Love will be her first novel aimed exclusively at adults.  Rick says,

“It’s about a young woman who falls in love with a man who’s twenty years her senior.  She ends up sacrificing work and sacrificing friends and family to be with him.  It’s a tale of obsessive love.”

Rick and Louisa have plenty more recommendations and you can click here to listen to them on Today with Sean O’Rourke.

© The Listener 2018

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