Rick O’Shea Book Club Recommended Reads – Jan 2018

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And here we go again… For January we’ve chosen 4 very different books which, I hope, will kick start your reading for 2018. I hope there’s at least one for everyone… Matt Haig – How To Stop Time What if there were a tiny portion of the human race who lived for centuries, aging incredibly slowly and being almost invulnerable but weren’t vampires. They were just people. How would you survive people noticing you didn’t age if you were born in the age of witches? How would you make a living? Most importantly, how would you survive without love? Min […]

G’luck 2017…

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I’ll keep my end of year post simple. Like for everyone it’s been a year with good and bad stuff in it (shock, horror!) so I’m not going to pretend as so many others do that everything that happens in my shiny, wonderful online life is amazing. I just choose to concentrate on the positive, as always. I started a new job doing something I love with people I like in a place I love working. You have no idea how liberating it is for the first time in *years* to have complete control over the music I play – […]

My Best Books Of 2017

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     It’s been a while, sorry all. I’ve been cheating on this blog with social media, and reading, and a new job… Glad to finally put together the books from 2017 that I think you should read, and a short review of each. Ready? Barry McKinley – A Ton Of Malice What a surprise this was. Set in late 70s grimy London with an Irish expat narrator winding his way through drink, drugs, friends, loneliness and all that come with it. Gorgeously, really beautifully written in places, deserves to have a much bigger audience that it’s already had. Roddy Doyle […]

Something Gold, Something New…

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I have a new job. As announced today this Sunday October 15th marks my last ever show on RTE 2FM after 16 years here. Before you all start gnashing teeth and weeping uncontrollably (I can hear you already from here, I really can) this is brilliant, exciting news. I’m moving on to be a central part of RTE’s continuing development of our long-standing digital radio channels and I’m going to be back live on the radio 5 days a week in the afternoons playing music I genuinely like and love, this time as part of the first ever live weekday […]

Capsule Book Reviews – October 2017

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In case it looks like I’ve spent most of my time since my last update reading books, I have. Most of them in the two weeks I was away on holidays. So, we have everything here from the brilliant to the deplorable. Best to get cracking. Andy Weir – Artemis (out on Nov 14th) If, like me, you loved The Martian then you’ll be on familiar ground here. Set in the first human colony on the moon it starts with Jazz, a twenty-something porter who does a little smuggling on the side and ends up in the middle of a […]