Interview with Damien O’Meara on 2FM

I had a great chat with Damien O’Meara about The Game on the 2FM sports show ‘Game On’. You can listen back here, my interview takes place at 40 minutes in.     

Piece on Sport in the Sunday Independent

Thanks to John Greene and The Sunday Independent for publishing this piece today about the darkness in sport and how we need to moderate our behaviour and manage our consumption: ‘Sport has given us so much, but maybe it’s time we thought more about what we watch.’ Here it is.   

Excerpt from The Game in The Irish Times

I was delighted to see an excerpt from my essay ‘Kisses’ from The Game in The Irish Times. Great photos by Daragh McSweeney and lovely illustrations by Fuchsia MacAree. You can read it here. 

The Game Launched!

The launch of The Game was a wonderful event. Thanks so much to Waterstones Cork for hosting and Danny Denton for doing the honours. Some photos here.

National Crime Reading Month Event

I was delighted to participate in an event to celebrate National Crime Reading Month in Cork City Libraries with Catherine Kirwan, author of Cruel Deeds and Darkest Truth. We spoke about out favourite crime novels and writers and a great crowd turned up. And here are the six books I chose! But it could have been another six by six other writers just as easily.

Interview with Oliver Callan on Ryan Tubridy Show

I really enjoyed my interview with Oliver Callan on the Ryan Tubridy Show about The Game.   Oliver, producer Jack Murphy and everyone at Cork RTÉ studios couldn’t have been more professional and nicer.   You can listen back to it here (18 minutes). 

Review in The Irish Times

This review of The Game in The Irish Times by Rory Kiberd blew me away.  An extract: “This multi-faceted book ponders how sport teaches us about our own limitations, how winning is foundational on losing, losers being in far greater supply than winners; how defeats and victories are ephemeral. All lessons essential to life. Indeed, sport is like a more concentrated version of life, a microcosmic intensification of its vagaries. So, it’s fitting then that this book transcends its remit. It’s an enquiry into the philosophy of sport with universal application. Even people who’ve never kicked a ball or roared in triumph in the stands will love this. My absorption never faltered.” Full review here.  

The Game is in the bookshops!

The Game is in the bookshops! Here’s me signing copies in Waterstones Cork, always a special moment, when first you see your book in a bookshop. Support your local bookshop! Buy books!