Presented by Margaret B. Madden and Bob Johnston, Bookish is a monthly (for now) show about the world of books. Reviews, news, recommendations, forgotten classics, and all the latest from two industry insiders.


  • 14: Bookish - March 2018

    14/03/2018 Duração: 55min

    In our March 2018 episode we kick off with our regular ‘Book News’ including a round-up of various literary prizes. For our ‘Bookish Bookclub’ we discuss Margaret’s pick of ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris and our ‘Trilogy’ guest is author Elizabeth Rose Murray who talks to us about three books that mean something to her. We have a ‘Second Look’ at ‘Over a Thousand Hills, I Walk with You’ by Hanna Jansen and we also do a round-up of some of the new books and forthcoming book events that we think will interest you. Welcome to Bookish Episode 14!

  • 13: Bookish - February 2018

    06/02/2018 Duração: 45min

    Bookish is back! In our first episode for 2018 we cover some Book News including Irish publishers becoming eligible for the ManBooker Prize, we talk about ‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard MacLaverty as our Bookclub Pick and we have a Second Look at ’Plainsong’ by Kent Haruf. We also do a round-up of some of the New Books and forthcoming Book Events that we think will interest you. Welcome to Bookish Episode 13!

  • Bookish – September 2017

    08/09/2017 Duração: 55min

    Bookish – September 2017 On this month’s episode we discuss the future of the novel and how Irish publishers are joining up with UK publishers to maximise sales in our News section; we talk about ‘Seven Folds Make a Paper Swan’ by Ruth Gilligan as our Bookclub Pick; and we meet novelist Hazel Gaynor in our […] La entrada Bookish – September 2017 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – August 2017

    16/08/2017 Duração: 01h02min

    Bookish is a books podcast from Dublin, Ireland brought to you by Bob Johnston of The Gutter Bookshop and Margaret Madden of the Bleach House Library book blog via the HeadStuff Podcast Network. This month we’re discussing the latest ‘Book News’, choosing a new ‘Bookclub Pick’ for discussion, and meeting Tara Sparling, a writer and […] La entrada Bookish – August 2017 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 10

    30/04/2016 Duração: 48min

    This feels like a milestone – we’ve reached double figures! Let us celebrate by removing our helmet and raising a bat to the pavilion in silent salute. This month: – Another week, another Irish winner of a major award. Congratulations to Suzanne O’Sullivan on taking home the Wellcome Book Prize – Hennessy New Irish Writing […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 10 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 9

    18/04/2016 Duração: 59min

    Better late than never? Well, we’ll let you be the judge of that. On the April edition of Bookish with Bob Johnston of the Gutter Bookshop and Shane Breslin of Blackbird Books. – Awards season! Again! We take a look at the recently announced shortlists for the Dublin International Literary Award (a.k.a. The IMPAC Prize) […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 9 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 8

    04/03/2016 Duração: 55min

    This is Episode 8 of Bookish, the Irish podcast about books and reading, with Bob Johnston from the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar and Dalkey and Shane Breslin of Blackbird Books in Navan. On the show this month: – Post-hibernation bears – Free books for children, from World Book Day to Bookbag to the Open […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 8 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 7

    02/02/2016 Duração: 59min

    In Episode 7 of Bookish, Shane and Bob belatedly usher in the New Year with a first podcast of 2016. On the show, Philip Pullman and his decision to step down as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival over its payment policy; gender labelling; Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin in the book club; […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 7 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish - Episode 6

    16/12/2015 Duração: 35min

    Regular listeners to Bookish will know that Shane always gets away with shoehorning a sports book reference or two into the most unsuitable of conversations. Having quickly become accustomed to Bob’s glazed-over expression, he’s in his element this month as he sits down with Eoin McDevitt (Second Captains) and David Sheehan (LMFM Sport) to talk […] La entrada Episode 6 – Sports books of the year 2015 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish - Episode 5

    16/12/2015 Duração: 33min

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Snow and mistletoe, holly and ham (hopefully not on the same plate) … and so many books. Books for every manner of man, woman and child have found their way from the printing presses to the shelves of bookshops everywhere in time for the peak Christmas season. […] La entrada Episode 5 – Christmas books special se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 4

    28/11/2015 Duração: 51min

    On the show this month, Shane and Bob recap on all things awards, most notably the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. In our regular book club slot we discuss Kevin Barry’s Goldsmith Prize-winning Beatlebone, our Second Look is Jonathan Coe’s What A Carve-Up while in Trilogy, our guest slot, we talk to Vanessa Fox […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 4 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 3

    31/10/2015 Duração: 55min

    In another packed pod, we reflect on the biggest literary award of the year, the Man Booker Prize, which went to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings; literary innovation in the form of short story vending machines; and a nearly middle aged white man complaining about middle aged white men complaining. Our […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 3 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 2

    26/09/2015 Duração: 53min

    Welcome to episode 2 of Bookish, and our special guest this month is Lisa Coen of Tramp Press, who picks works by JM Synge, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King for the “Trilogy” slot. In books news, we talk about ebooks and independent bookshops in light of a recent report from the New York Times which […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 2 se publicó primero en Headstuff.

  • Bookish – Episode 1

    29/08/2015 Duração: 47min

    Welcome to episode 1 of Bookish – a new monthly podcast about books.Your hosts are Bob Johnston of @gutterbookshop and Shane Breslin of @Blackbirdbks. Each episode they’ll look at the latest news from the book world, lending their expertise and knowledge to the stories that matter.There’s a book club which will be discussed on the […] La entrada Bookish – Episode 1 se publicó primero en Headstuff.