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Good Luck With the Book

Author: Jamie O'Connell

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Join Sarah and Jamie as they discuss the new books they love, along plenty of news, stories and chats. The books featured and reviewed vary from the literary to lighthearted, from sport (hmm... maybe!) to children’s literature. Their only criteria is that they adore the book and want to tell everyone about it.

A happy little something to wake up to on a Sunday morning. Best served with a large coffee and a pastry.
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Dubai or Not Dubai

Dubai or Not Dubai

2021-06-2501:05:06

A very belated book launch! In the final episode of Season 2, Sarah chats to Jamie about the publication of Diving for Pearls, from his first seeing the book in the window of Dubray Grafton Street, through the RTE radio interview with Oliver Callan and all the publicity that followed. Of course, there are loads of great books to talk about, including Snowflake by Louise Nealon, The Garden by Paul Perry, and the ‘Pearl and Nancy Approved’ children’s book The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum. Don’t miss the chats about The Mare of Easttown, Britney Spears, and Murder in the Cottage.
Podcasting Still

Podcasting Still

2021-05-0747:111

Sarah and Jamie are joined by book reviewer Laura King (@lauraeatsbooks in Instagram and Twitter), to discuss Listening Still, the follow-up novel to Anne Griffin’s phenomenal bestselling debut, When All Is Said. Laura talks to us about how she manages to be such a prolific reader (one hundred books a year!), about how her reading habits changed during the pandemic, her favourite book of the last twelve months, and her all-time favourite author.
Podcasts Happen!

Podcasts Happen!

2021-04-2351:11

Do you sometimes feel that your stuff is taking over your life? Do you think you'd be a better person if you could be a minimalist? Does the chaos in your space reflect the chaos in your head? Sarah and Jamie interview reformed hoarder turned professional declutterer, Emma Gleeson, about her new book, Stuff Happens!, who offers amazing tips on how to live a less cluttered, more sustainable life. In this episode, there's loads of great books to talk about, including All The Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks, Eat Up and Raise Your Game by Daniel Davey, and Where are You Puffling? by Gerry Daly and Erika McGann. Not to mention chats about The Job Lot, The Office, and the unwelcome return of Naked Attraction to Channel 4!
To Drink or Not to Drink

To Drink or Not to Drink

2021-04-1050:311

Sarah and Jamie interview well-known blogger and features writer, Kate Gunn, about her new book, The Accidental Soberista. It follows her journey from a 30-day drink-free challenge that led to a blissful life without alcohol. Whether you are sober-curious or seeking encouragement to quit drinking, The Accidental Soberista provides serious inspiration. In this episode, there's lots of catch up on: the Easter bank holiday, Seaspiracy, favourite teen reads, Sarah’s (honorary) children’s book of the week, Point Horrors, Nancy Drew, Flowers in the Attic, and snotty tissue etiquette!
Sarah and Hungry Jamie

Sarah and Hungry Jamie

2021-03-2635:41

Sarah and Jamie review the 2021 Dublin One City One Book selection, Leonard and Hungry Paul. Leonard and Hungry Paul are friends, in their thirties, who view life rather differently. Leonard ghost-writes encyclopedias; Hungry Paul, comfortable with silence, embodies mindfulness. When Leonard seems ready to move on, will Hungry Paul get left behind? In this episode, there's lots of catch-up on. Sarah has been reading Klara and the Sun and Jamie has been reading Stuff Happens! and Dotcom Secrets. They try the ‘What is your burlesque name?’ game, discuss allowing dogs in the bedroom, and Sarah reveals her favourite children’s picture book this week.
Sophie's World

Sophie's World

2021-03-1246:151

Sarah and Jamie interview the acclaimed author, journalist and podcaster Sophie White about her collection of personal essays, Corpsing: My Body and Other Horror Shows.  In this episode, there's lots of catch up on: Jamie's first sea swim of the year, Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah, refrigerated butter, perfume, parenting and Sarah’s favourite children’s picture book.
Podcastie Bain

Podcastie Bain

2021-02-2639:41

This episode's featured book is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Winner of The Booker Prize 2020, the paperback is out this March. It’s brilliant. Get your hands on a copy. Sarah and Jamie's chats revolve around lockdown coping strategies, playing ‘What’s Your Bridgerton Name?’, discussing the announced screen adaptation of Conversations with Friends, their love of Sophie White’s podcast ‘The Creep Dive’, and what they are reading for Ireland Reads 2021.
The Art of Podcasting

The Art of Podcasting

2021-02-1255:19

They’re back for a new season! Sarah and Jamie chat to the fabulous Sinéad Cuddihy, founder of @tiredmammybookclub, an Instagram community of thousands of book lovers. They also review Episode One's featured book: The Art of Falling by the multi-award winning Danielle McLaughlin. There's lots of catch-up about all that’s been happening since the end of Season One: new glasses (eye defects, nothing to do with old age…), new pets, watching It’s a Sin on Channel 4, and reviewing the Superbowl 2021 halftime show. Of course, this is the Valentine’s love episode, so there’s plenty of discussion about their favourite romantic reads.
It’s the last episode of the season and boy, are you in for a treat! Sarah and Jamie chat with the honest, inspiring and wise Amanda Byram about her brilliant book The Switch. She talks about her personal journey, getting off the ‘perfection treadmill’ and learning to silence those critical internal voices. Full of practical tips and tricks, this interview with Amanda will have you energised and inspired for 2021. Amanda Byram is a world-famous television presenter who began her TV career co-hosting Ireland’s first ever breakfast show, Ireland AM. Her career in broadcasting has spanned over two decades, including shows such as The Big Breakfast, Total Wipeout, The Swan, Dancing with The Stars and Food Unwrapped. She is the CEO and owner of sportswear brand Body By Byram. Amanda has also found time to qualify as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and extensively study both nutrition coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques.
It’s Christmas folks! Sarah and Jamie chat to the fabulous Gaff Goddess herself, Laura de Barra, about how to make Christmas 2020 as glamorous and festive as it can be. They try out Ryan Tubridy’s Cadbury’s Heroes game and Laura is subjected to Table Topics, the Russian Roulette of conversation games!  Sarah and Jamie also review their favourite gift books for kids and adults, which will hopefully give you some major inspo for presents this Christmas! Don't miss their chats about The Crown, Princess Diana, slow cookers and ugly male slippers…
Join Sarah and Jamie as they review That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry, The Meaning of Mariah Carey (autobiography), and Twilight Together by Ruth Medjber. Don't miss their chats about the US election, MTV Cribs, Proust and The Real Housewives! 
The Book Nerd Philosophy

The Book Nerd Philosophy

2020-11-0148:172

Join Sarah and Jamie as they review Love by Roddy Doyle, The Skin Nerd Philosophy by Jennifer Rocks, and A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Don't miss their chats about first kisses, stretch marks, favourite skincare products, Emily in Paris, motherhood, and the bliss of Kerrygold Butter! Also featuring What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and A Page from my Life – A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listeners.
Oh my God, you won’t believe it! Good Luck with the Book has its very first interview and it is with the creators of the bestselling Aisling series, Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght. With Oh My God, What a Complete Diary 2021 hitting the shelves this autumn, they discuss Aisling’s year, from weddings to Halloween, along with the inside scoop on the night they won their second Irish Book Award. Also on Episode 3, Jamie and Sarah review the bestselling Home Stretch by Graham Norton and To Love a Dog, the warm and moving memoir by Irish Times journalist, Tom Inglis. Don't miss their chats about drinking vodka-red-bulls in Coppers, growing up gay in Ireland, their (dramatic) funeral plans, Anne of Green Gables, and being the ‘Princess Diana of dog owners’. Sarah’s featured books are My First Book (board book series) from The O’Brien Press, Books Make Things Better from Children’s Books Ireland, Once Upon a Reader by Lorraine Levis. Jamie’s featured books are Bossypants (audiobook) by Tina Fey, As You Were by Elaine Feeney and Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen McMahon.
What do Marian Keyes, Richard Osman and Cardi B have in common? They all feature on Episode 2 of Good Luck with the Book! Join Sarah and Jamie as they review the No.1 Bestseller, The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Pandora Sykes’s collection of essays, How Do We Know We're Doing it Right? (some serous ‘ah-ha’ moments, people), and The Art of the Glimpse, the stunning collection of Irish short stories selected by Sinéad Gleeson.  Don't miss their chats about getting clamped while at the hairdresser, performance enhancing Nurofen Plus, Maeve Binchy, ‘tickboxery’, WAP, intergenerational friendships, and the power of cerulean... all partially recorded in their podcast headquarters: a decommissioned festival caravan in Swords. Also featuring After the Silence by Louise O'Neill, Handiwork by Sara Baume, and The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin.
Join Sarah and Jamie as they review the No.1 Bestseller, Strange Flowers, by Donal Ryan, try out Gina Daly and Mr Dish's cookbook, The Daly Dish, and tuck into Okay, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea, by Irish Times journalist Patrick Freyne. Don't miss the chats about their terrible 1990s jobs, raising identical twins, hating kale, and meeting Amanda Byram in the local gym... all recorded in their podcast headquarters: a decommissioned festival caravan in Swords.
Hello Lovelies. Enjoy few snippets from Episode 1: This Weekend I'm Fully Booked, which goes live on the 20 September. Can you guess the books we are talking about?  There'll be a new episode every other week, right up to Christmas, with plenty of book reviews, chats and laughs. A happy little something to wake up on a Sunday morning. Best served with a large coffee and a pastry.  
Comments (4)

Anna Spence

got loads of great tips for books to read in this one. and the sneezing kitten story is a real life lesson!

May 17th
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Anna Spence

Great episode, really enjoyed the reviews and the chats! definitely getting the Mariah book 👍👍

Nov 16th
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Anna Spence

Have really enjoyed listening to this podcast! It's got a great balance of chat, humour and of course great reviews on good books! I've already bought two of the books that have been reviewed after listening to the podcast. Sarah and Jamie have great banter and have a really easy flow of conversation. They pull in pieces of their own lives into the discussions which usually ends up with some hilarious anicdotes, love it! Hoping that they keep 'em coming :)

Nov 2nd
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Rozz Lewis

Love this chatty podcast about books and sweet and sour take outs! 📚😍

Sep 23rd
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