Michael Palin’s hunt for the long-lost HMS Erebus

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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From Monty Python to the ends of the earth, actor, author and presenter Michael Palin has done it all, and then gone back, and done some more. His latest quest has seen him trace the voyage of the HMS Erebus on a passion project he jumped into inspired by the life of Joseph Hooker, who signed on to become an …

Richie and Don Conroy“Our teacher used to say, ah lads, go easy on the Béarla.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Why is it, Ryan wonders, that when Don Conroy walks into a room, people can’t help smiling? Probably because for most people who grew up in 1990s Ireland, the sight of Don – artist, writer, TV and radio presenter, best known for his owl pictures – is enough to trigger many joyous memories from childhood. The good news is that …

Liz Nugent on 'Divine' inspiration for latest novel‘That song stayed with me from the first day and I played it over and over again, examining the lyrics’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Picture the scene, It’s (give or take) 10 years ago.  You’re listening to Ryan Tubridy on the radio, and you hear Divine Comedy and their song ‘Lady of a Certain Age‘.  You’re immediately inspired. Author Liz Nugent joined Ryan Tubridy today to discuss how the concept for her 3rd book ‘Skin Deep’ was formed.   It’s a tale of intrigue about …

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. …

Dermot O’Leary‘Wouldn’t it just be great if she was just a cat during the day and then a member of the elite group of ninjas by night?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Dermot O’Leary is best known for his role as the host of reality TV juggernaut The X Factor but you may be surprised to learn that when he’s not juggling broadcasting projects he is a fiction writer.  Dermot has just completed his first children’s book “Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape”. Speaking on The Ryan Tubridy Show, Dermot …

Frank McGuinness ‘I don’t write every day… but once I start I’m pretty ferocious.’

As heard on arena

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Studio One was filled with a wide-eyed and captive audience on Monday night for a very special live programme of Arena.  Sean Rocks was in conversation with Frank McGuinness, who he describes as “one of this country’s most respected and successful writers… probably best known for his writing for theatre from his 1982 debut, Factory Girls, through the multi-award winning …

To Kill The President ‘It does feel as if the mood is right for this kind of story.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Jonathan Freedland – writing as Sam Bourne – has written a book with the provocative title, To Kill The President.  Ryan Tubridy loves everything about the book, starting with the cover, which, he says, reminds him of his childhood when his parents’ bookshelves were full 70s paranoia-infused political thrillers like The Day of the Jackal.  The same thought occurred to …

Roddy Doyle on his school years‘The level of violence was just unbelievable’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Roddy Doyle’s novel, Smile, is not about his schoolboy-self. But his time at a Christian Brother’s school certainly had an impact on his latest work. Roddy spoke on The Ryan Tubridy Show about his days at the school, which he described as “the foundation” of the book. Painting a picture of a haphazardly planned school, Roddy noted that “the science …