Crime Writer Anthony Horowitz“It’s funny, isn’t it, that we find relaxation and retreat in murder and violence.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Covid-friendly reading” is how Ryan Tubridy describes Anthony Horowitz’s latest novel Moonflower Murders. Ryan was speaking to the crime writer on the phone from Greece, where he is currently based; and between them they agreed that murder mysteries can have a weirdly comforting effect for some readers. Horowitz gives his take on the paradox, suggesting that getting lost in a …

Patrick Osborne“It’s about 80:20 women read more than men.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Patrick Osborne, gardener and first-time novelist wants us all to cultivate the reading habit. No objections there from Ryan Tubridy, who’s more than happy to tackle one of his all-time favourite topics: the joys of reading. Growing up in  Dublin’s North Inner city, the little blue library card was Patrick’s passport through the doors of Capel Street Public Library and …

Summer Reading“As a result of reading this book, my phone is now in a lead box at home and I will not be bringing it anywhere in the future.”

As heard on Today with Sarah McInerney

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Having someone pre-read a whole pile of books and tell you which ones are worth reading is like being treated at your favourite restaurant. Easy, delicious and it’s free. The literary food tasters on Today with Sarah McInerney were Rick O’Shea, presenter of Radio 1’s Book Show and Louisa Cameron, owner of independent bookstore Raven Books. If listening to the …

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 …