April ROSBC Books Of The Month

I’m glad so many of you guessed one of these and pretty much no-one guessed the other! Our two reads for April are very, very different but both *very* worthwhile.

CIarán McMenamin’s Skintown is a debut novels set in the 90s in Enniskillen where a couple of young lads get caught in a huge drug deal on the rave scene between provisionals of both stripes just after the IRA ceasefire.

I read the first page of this and was immediately hooked. It’s rattlingly written, hugely immersive, funny too. Adored it.

Our second choice is the non-fiction Raqqua Diaries written by an anonymous 24 year old Syrian who documents life in Raqqa under Assad, with the civil war and when ISIS bring what can only be described as a medieval death cult to his home.

I genuinely think this needs to be read by everyone. Everyone who wants to in any way understand the impossible situation the regular people of Syria have been put in and have another view of why so many of them flee their homes and become refugees.

It’s heartbreaking.

Our friends at Dubray Books are offering the usual 10% online discount if you use the code RICKAPR17.

Now, who’s in?


Tracy Chevalier, Alan Cumming And More…

It’s been one of those days…

Two announcements to make – one ROSBC and one not, but a brilliant, brilliant couple of nights to be had.

Firstly, our next Book Club event is May 9th with Tracy Chevalier in Dubray Books, Grafton Street. I’ll be interviewing her and she’ll be signing. We may even have drinks afterwards 🙂

The FB event is here – mark yourself as “going” to get any updates.

The second one is a monster.

I’m genuinely thrilled to announce that I’ll be interviewing Alan Cumming at this year’s Listowel Writers’ Festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Tickets are from their website:


There are more events to come too…


#ReadWomen – International Women’s Day 2017

A thought after something was mentioned in the ROSBC (you can join my book club HERE) and as a result of it a one-stop shop of brilliant books written by women that I’ve read in the last 3 years or so that you might not have stumbled on from every possible genre.

All have full reviews if you click on the title.

Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything

Susan Cain – Quiet – The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking

Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven

Laline Paull – The Bees

Sara Baume – Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither

Lisa McInerney – The Glorious Heresies

Louise O’Neill – Asking For It

Sarah Crossan – One

Anakana Schofield – Martin John

Jess Kidd – Himself

Liz Nugent – Lying In Wait

Rose George – Deep Sea And Foreign Going

Becky Chambers – A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet / A Closed And Common Orbit

Maggie O’Farrell – This Must Be The Place

Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life

Chimanda Ngozi Adiche – Americanah


EDIT – Don’t forget all the action regarding books is happening on the Rick O’Shea Book Club these days. We had member number 6,000 last night…