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Bookworks, the airwaves are set to get a hell of a lot more interesting. Sunday evenings will once again come alive with literary debate on RTÉ Radio 1 with the return of The Book Show this December, with new presenter Rick O'Shea at the helm. 

Rick, an avid bookworm, has said he considers his upcoming role presenting the show to be "the job of a lifetime".


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The Book Show, which will be broadcast on Sunday evenings, will also produce extra content which will be available to listeners via podcast. The show celebrates books and the world of writing with readings, discussion, author interviews and special features

"I run the largest book club in Ireland, The Rick O'Shea Book Club on Facebook, with 28,000 members. I'm a lifelong obsessive reader and have been immersed in the book world for the last five or six years, doing interviews with authors at arts festivals and book reviews on radio, so this is the logical culmination of all those things" Rick O'Shea said.

Rick has been a broadcaster with RTÉ since 2001. He was previously on RTÉ 2FM and presented RTÉ  Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme. Rick currently presents weekday mornings on RTÉ Gold.

The last season of The Book Show featured authors John Boyne, Eimear McBride, Eoin Colfer and Liz Nugent,  who each guest-presented programmes.


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The Book Show will return to RTÉ Radio 1 on December 8 from 19.00-19.30pm for three weeks. 

A Christmas Day Special of The Book Show will be broadcast at 17.00-18.00pm on RTÉ Radio 1 on December 25.



They may be branded as ‘nerds’, but apparently people who read fiction books have better social ability and better abilities of empathy and theory of mind.

Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto carried out studies in 2006 and 2009.

The idea is that since readers of fiction spend so much time dipping into other peoples’ lives, they’re better able to see the world from someone else’s point of view.

However, don’t just waltz into your local library and grab the first guy you see – you have to make sure it is fiction they’re reading. If he’s hanging out by the non-fiction isle, then it’s not a good sign.

Apparently exposure to non-fiction is “associated with loneliness, and negatively related to social support.” That means they’re socially awkward, which isn’t actually something you should hold against someone, but if you’re looking for someone who will gaze into your eyes and tell you a romantic tale or two, then it’s the fiction fans you’re after.

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