Book Readings on RADIO 1RPH

Morning Book Readings

The morning book readings can be heard on weekdays at 9:30 am with that day's episode repeated at 9:15 pm. The week's readings are repeated from 12:00 midday to 2:30 pm on Saturday. The current and future morning book readings are as follows:

Batavia - by Peter Fitzsimmons.

Reader: Chris Stevens.

Publisher: Vintage Books.

This book reading will commence on Monday January 16, 2017.

In 1629 the magmificent Batavia is on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies carrying the greatest treasure to ever leave the Dutch Republic.  Off the coast of Western Australia she strikes an unseen reef at night.

While Commandeur Pelsaert sets off in the longboat to seek help, second in command Cornelisz takes over and the 220 people on a small island are subjected to a reign of terror.

The Lost Pages - by R D Francis.

Reader: Olinda Kendal-White.

Publisher: .

This book reading will commence on Friday February 24, 2017.

Jack Harrison, a former intelligence agent, has spent two years enjoying a peaceful life in Tasmania.  Then his former boss turns up and persuades him to undertake one last job which involves him in considerable danger.

The missing pages are from the famous Book of Kells, an illustrated manuscript from the Middle Ages.


Afternoon Book Readings

The afternoon book readings can be heard Monday to Friday at 5:00 pm. The week's readings are repeated from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday. The current and future afternoon book readings are as follows:

The Matchmaker of Perigord - by Julia Stuart.

Reader:  Anne Fourlinnie.

Publisher: Doubleday.

This book reading will commence on Thursday January 26, 2017.

The ancient village of Amour-sur-Belle has been reduced to 33 inhabitants.  Old feuds and scandals are still very much alive among the villagers, but the element of romance is completely lacking, since most are unmarried.

The village banker decides to set up a matchmaking service, although he himself has not solved the problem of his own troubles heart.

White Butterflies - by Colin McPhedran.

Reader:  Christopher Bedloe.

Publisher: Pandanis Books.

This book reading will commence on Monday March 13, 2017.

The author was born in Burma, the youngest of the four children of a Scottish oil company employee and an educated and well-connected Burmese lady.

When, in December 1941, Burma was invaded, his mother made the disision to join the thousands of European and Indian refugees attempting to reach the Indian border on foot.  Colin and his older brother and sister accompanied her.  Eleven years old Colin was the only survivor of the family.


Fact or Fantasy

Fact or Fantasy can be heard Saturday at 3:00 pm and is repeated on Thursday at 10:15 pm :

Wild Life in the Suburbs - by Densy Clyne.

Reader: Sue Farrelly.

Publisher: Oxford University Press.

This book reading will commence on Saturday January 28, 2017.

The author is a naturalis, photographer and writer.

She is well known for her studies of spiders and other insects.

This book deals with the variety of insects which can be found in the average suburban garden.


Children's Book Reading

The Children's Book Reading can be heard on Fridays at 4:00pm and is repeated at 7:00am on Sunday morning. 

Goodnight Mr Tom - by Michelle Magorian.

Reader: Camilla Shaw.

Publisher: .

This book will commence on Friday December 9 2016. 

Tom Oakley, a gruff old countryman, reluctantly agrees to take an evacuee from the city.  The boy, Willie, is an abused and fragile child with many problems.

Somehow Tom and Willie form an unlikely friendship which benefits both their lives.





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Caught in the Act - by Joan Lowrey-Nixon.

(second book of orphan train adventures).

Reader: Dorothy Broom.

This book will commence on Friday 20th February 2015. 

The book continues the story of the five Kelly children who were sent west by the Children's Aid Society to be adopted by farming families on the frontier. 

Michael Kelly, almost 12 years old, is adopted by a German family.  Mike suspects that the Friedrichs are hiding an ominous secret and is determined to find out what it is.