Jockey Declan Murphy‘When I came out of the coma I was mentally 12 years old.’

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Declan Murphy is one of the few people who has had the strange honour of reading his own obituary. In May 1994, The Racing Post published a front page story with the headline “Declan Murphy Dies After Horror Fall,” recounting in full detail incident at Haydock Park that had claimed the life of the accomplished jockey. The article was accurate …

Paula Hawkins on Writing‘There are times when it’s like pulling teeth and it’s very painful and I sit at my desk and cry’

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Since Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller Girl on The Train was released in 2015, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, catapulting its author from a life of obscurity to international fame. Paula is now back with a follow-up, Into the Water, just in time for the book to appear on the bestseller list for summer 2017. She was …

Murder in a Native American Tribe‘It makes Goodfellas look like a Disney Movie’

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In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they moved from basic dwellings to mansions, sent their children to study in Europe, hired white servants, and travelled in chauffeured cars. Then, in 1921, the killing began. Over the next two years, …

Testosterone RexUnmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds

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Okay, so your friend has just had a baby, you want to get a present, so off you go to the kids’ clothes shops, searching for a nice little outfit, maybe. And well before you put your foot through the door of each of those shops, your eyes are immediately drawn to two very distinct and identifiable groups of clothing. …

Donal Ryan‘It was never on the cards that I would retire from salaried employment at 40, on the strength of a few books.’

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Donal Ryan has returned to his day job in the public service. It’s a headline that did the rounds in recent times in literary, entertainment and cultural circles, with many people lamenting the fact that a bestselling author should be somehow “forced” back to regular, salaried employment, because the income from book sales is so low. On Today with Sean …

Fearne Cotton on depression‘I wasn’t hiding it as well as I thought I was. I may have been professionally but not personally.’

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TV and Radio presenter Fearne Cotton joined Ryan Tubridy to speak about her experience of depression, and the book that she has written which charts her journey through the disease. “It was tough to write because obviously it’s very personal, but actually I found the whole process massively cathartic” Fearne admits that she has always dipped in and out of ‘having …

‘Then you just feel this chemical rush inside you…like somebody has pulled a flusher, and you’re just still standing there but your whole world has changed.’

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Author and former undertaker Jeremy Massey spoke with Ryan Tubridy this morning about his view of death from a personal, and professional perspective. Born in to the undertaking business, he was involved in organising funerals from his teenage years and spoke about the intimate nature of such a difficult job. “I don’t even know how many funerals I’ve arranged or …

Lies and statistics‘I could tell you that I have blue hair. With a margin of error of 100%. And that makes it true.’

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The Dark Ages is how historians describe a half-millennium period that followed the fall of the Roman Empire, a description implying some kind of collapse of civilisation entirely. It’s routinely contrasted with The Age of Enlightenment, beginning around the start of the 18th century, when humankind embraced reason and science over dogma and superstition. The Information Age is how many …