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Martina Devlin talks books with people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.

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Martina Devlin talks books with people who believe stories matter. And that you can never have too many books.

    #12 Richard Ford on Flouncing and Failure

    #12 Richard Ford on Flouncing and Failure

    Richard Ford is listing his failures. He wanted to be a lawyer in the US Marines. Didn’t work out. He wanted to be “a lawyer, period”. Didn’t work out.
    He became a writer – and by any standards the Pulitzer Prize winner is a success.
    Even so, he sometimes thought he was through with fiction and imagined doing other jobs. And between books, he claims to “flounce” around finding reasons not to work.
    Sorry For Your Trouble is his latest book, a short story collection published by Bloomsbury.

    • 47 min
    #11 Liz Nugent's Dark Materials

    #11 Liz Nugent's Dark Materials

    Doyenne of domestic noir Liz Nugent’s work has an army of fans including Graham Norton, who describes her latest hit Our Little Cruelties as part rollercoaster, part maze.

    Here, Liz talks to Martina Devlin about coping with pain stemming from a childhood brain haemorrhage, and overcoming challenges large and small – such as one-handed typing. “Shakespeare wrote all his plays one-handed with a feather,” she says. She also reveals her favourite fictional antihero. Clue: he's sexy but mean.

    • 47 min
    #10 Colum McCann on Motorbikes, Motivation and Middle East

    #10 Colum McCann on Motorbikes, Motivation and Middle East

    Writer Colum McCann talks about his hope that his book, Apeirogon, may contribute to peace. It fictionalises the true story of two fathers, an Israeli and a Palestinian, who each lose a child in the conflict.
    He also reads from his novel.
    Produced and presented by Martina Devlin.
    Music by Daragh Dukes.
    Apeirogon is published by Bloomsbury https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/apeirogon-9781526607874/

    • 48 min
    #9 The Maamtrasna Murders

    #9 The Maamtrasna Murders

    Five murders, three executions, one moving speech from the gallows... The Maamtrasna murders were sparked by a blood feud in 19th century Ireland. The trial caused an international sensation

    Professor Margaret Kelleher of University College Dublin and Mr Justice Peter Kelly, president of Ireland's High Court, discuss the case and its political context.

    For more on Margaret Kelleher’s book follow the link:
    https://www.ucdpress.ie/display.asp?isbn=9781910820421&

    Presenter: Martina Devlin

    • 35 min
    #8 Joanna Trollope Opens Up On Fiction, Family and Feminism

    #8 Joanna Trollope Opens Up On Fiction, Family and Feminism

    Three Fs have been a consistent part of international bestseller Joanna Trollope's life:

    Fiction, family and feminism. She explains why here.

    The international bestseller says, “There will always be women who want to stay at home in the kitchen and make jam tarts with the three-year-old, and there will always be women who want to rule the world.”

    Which kind is she?

    • 40 min
    #7 The Child's Eye from Marita Conlon-McKenna

    #7 The Child's Eye from Marita Conlon-McKenna

    The magic of storytelling, why famine stories continue to grip us and the powerful use of the child's voice in Tatty - the 2020 Dublin One City One Book choice. All this and more from Marita Conlon-McKenna, much-loved author of Under The Hawthorn Tree.

    • 28 min

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-Juz- ,

A literary salon for the ears

These interviews with lovers of literature are utterly fascinating, on topics ranging from titans of science to Joyce. Stuff to set the brain fizzing. Martina teases out incredible stories from her interviewees - can’t wait to search out their books!

DrTJ_B ,

City of Books

Great podcast, running across themes of great literature and great science whilst effortlessly moving between history and the present. A very personal take on bigger things, Martina brings out the best in her interviewees and makes me want to read their books!

Dublin `gsl ,

City of Books

Loved this new podcast. Something a bit different and quirky. Martina Devlin makes it all flow effortlessly, chatting easily with her guests as she gets them to reveal details about their lives. Robert Ballagh is such an interesting man, and it was a treat to hear him here, in the first episode. And it was also fascinating to be taken on a tour of Joyce's tower! This series is a fun idea, I'lll definitely be listening in again and spreading the word.

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