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

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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 …

Noah Hawley ‘You have to prepare yourself for success as much as you prepare for failure.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Before The Fall is a book that has made it onto Ryan Tubridy’s reading list and into his heart this summer and on The Ryan Tubridy Show, he’s joined by its author Noah Hawley to talk about why you should wait until you’re on terra firma before diving in.  Noah says, “The disclaimer would be helpful – not to read …

Quiet Girls Can Run the World ‘Women have far less latitude in the extent to which they’re allowed to be themselves in the workplace.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Do nice girls finish last?  How about quiet ones?  Not necessarily, says author and editor Rebecca Holman who has just released her new book, Beta: Quiet Girls can Run the World.  Rebecca chatted to Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to explain the character traits the book exposes. “Most people are on a spectrum of Alpha and Beta – …

Author Monica McInerney ‘The Maeve Binchy of Australian Fiction’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The reigning queen of Australian fiction has a secret – she doesn’t live in Australia at all.  Author Monica McInerney has called Ireland her home for the past twenty six years and joined Kathryn Thomas on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk life, love and literature.  She has strong Irish roots herself, as her name might suggest, the full version …

Ruth Fitzmaurice, author‘Humans are amazingly adaptable… Adaptability is the key to any survival.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Ruth Fitzmaurice is a sea swimmer, a writer, a mother of five and a self-professed day dreamer. She is married to film-maker, Simon Fitzmaurice, who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2008. The trajectory of her life, as she said herself while speaking to presenter, Cormac Ó hEadhra on the Today programme, is something she could never have predicted. …

Auctioneer Damien Matthews on selling 30,000 books ‘It took 6 men 6 days to fill 3 articulated lorries’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Getting a call to clear a house following a person’s death is pretty routine for Meath-based auctioneer, Damien Matthews. He gets a call like that “every day of the week”. But he recently got a call that was certainly not routine. He joined Ryan Tubridy to talk about Mary Colette McAlister’s incredible collection of approximately 30,000 books, which Damien has …