Kevin Barry

Book Shambles

This week Robin and Josie are joined by the multi-award winning, and Booker Prize long-listed,  Irish novelist and short stories writer Kevin Barry. They chat about his latest collection of short stories, That Old Country Music, the grumpiness of Dennis Potter, a hatred of the first draft and the appeal of living by a swamp.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Potter on Potter by Dennis Potter

Seeing the Blossom: Two Interviews and a Lecture by Dennis Potter

The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953-1994 by Dennis Potter

Dennis Potter: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter

Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter

City of Bohane by Kevin Barry

The work of Jonathan Raban

Dubliners by James Joyce

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