Cover To Cover [Radio Ulster]



Doyenne of the 'bonk-buster' Jilly Cooper tells Steven Rainey how to keep things exciting, Queen of the Damned Anne Rice explains the eternal appeal of the vampire and crime-writer Stuart Neville on what makes a good thriller.


Wilbur Smith introduces Steven Rainey to a world of adventure, husband-and-wife team Nicci French give some relationship advice and Jan Carson makes the real world magical.


Crime-writer Tana French introduces Steven Rainey to a hard-bitten detective, Sheila O'Flanaghan argues the merits of 'chick-lit', and Brenda Shankey shows how books can help our wellbeing.


Bernard Cornwell takes Steven Rainey on a journey into the past, Ian Rankin wishes Inspector Rebus a happy 30th birthday and political commentator Alex Kane celebrates the detective novel.

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Comedian David O'Doherty tells Steven Rainey that writing for kids is no laughing matter, Terence Blacker on the joys of horse riding, and mentalist David Meade shows off his prized book collection.


Steven Rainey talks to authors Dan Brown and Jane Harris.

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Steven Rainey talks great books with writers and fans of the written word.

Cover to Cover is back and our radio shelves are groaning with great books and novel chat: Dan Brown discusses his new blockbuster Origin, and reveals that his fictional hero Robert Langdon is the man he'd like to be. Writer Jane Harris takes us to Grenada and the real life story that became her new book Sugar Honey. Comic book artist extraordinaire PJ Holden is simultaneously drawing AND talking about what he likes to read for pleasure live in studio.
Plus Steven asks listeners and guests for their suggestions for the brand new Cover to Cover Hall of Fame.

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This week it's all about murder, mystery and a good old-fashioned ghost story.

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Steven Rainey chats to authors and fans of the written word.

Steven Rainey chats to Blindboy Boatclub, one half of Irish hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits, about his surreal and controversial collection of short stories. Plus Sheena Wilkinson talks about her latest young adult book, Star by Star, and music photographer Carrie Davenport reveals her favourite reads.

Steven Rainey talks to Blindboy Boatclub, one half of Irish hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits.

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Steven Rainey's guests are cookery book kings the Hairy Bikers.

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Steven talks to Andy Weir about Artemis, his much anticipated follow up to The Martian.

Steven takes a trip to the fictional moon city of Artemis in the company of Andy Weir, who discusses the pressures of writing a follow up to his global bestseller The Martian. Plus Oliver Jeffers is in the studio talking about 'Here We Are' - his exploration of life on Earth for young readers. And Chris McCreery, director of the NI Science Festival, reveals his favourite reads.

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Steven talks to children's author Julia Donaldson and crime writer Steve Cavanagh.

Steven talks to Julia Donaldson, author of some of the best known and loved children's books of our time, about her latest picture book The Ugly Five, and taking The Highway Rat to our screens over Christmas. Local crime writer and father Steve Cavanagh is in the studio talking about his relationship with children's literature and his own fictional creation - con artist and lawyer Eddie Flynn. Plus, actress and comedian Diona Doherty talks about her favourite authors and we hear a run down of the books that made it into the 2017 Cover to Cover hall of fame.

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Stories of Arctic adventure with Michael Palin and the enduring appeal of Mills and Boon.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.

Steven Rainey talks to Monty Python star and TV globetrotter Michael Palin about his new book Erebus – an account of one ship, it’s crew and their arctic adventures.
Joining him in studio is award winning Mills and Boon author Catherine Tinley on how she transports readers into a world of intrigue, danger and Romance.
Plus musician Ciaran Lavery discusses the books that have meant the most to him.

Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

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Jacqueline Wilson on her new Tracy Beaker book, plus Tina Callaghan's first gothic novel.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.

Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

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Tony Robinson on his book The Battles That Changed History, and Barra Best talks sci-fi.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.

Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

This week Steven talks to a man who knows a thing or two about history. Having presented history programmes like Time Team, and appeared throughout the ages as Baldrick in Blackadder, Tony Robinson talks about his new book The Battles That Changed History. Owen O’Doherty is in studio to tell us why he published Bright Sparks - a book about female inventors written for his 7-year-old daughter. Plus, everyone’s favourite weatherman Barra Best reveals his love for all things science fiction.

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Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.

New books from Kate Atkinson and Emma Heatherington, plus 200 years of Frankenstein.

Kate Atkinson talks about her latest novel 'Transcription' which follows one woman as she's recruited into the Secret Service at the beginning of WW2.
Amazon bestseller Emma Heatherington is in studio to discuss the healing power of chic lit and how her new book tackles themes of loneliness.
Plus, actress Rachel McCabe on the enduring appeal of Frankenstein.

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Fun Lovin' Crime Writers' Mark Billingham, plus Orla McAlinden and Simon Maltman.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.

Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

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Steven Rainey delves into the writer's imagination.

Steven Rainey chats to guest authors.