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:

Brother and Sister - by Joanna Trollope.

Reader: Joan Bowden.

Publisher: .

This book reading begins on Monday December 4, 2017.

Nathalie and David were brought up by the same parents in a loving family and always regarded each other as brother and sister, but they were born to two different mothers. As adults they decided to find and contact their birth mothers, but this turned out to be no easy matter.

The Bookseller of Kabul - by Asne Seierstad.

Reader: Lyn Muir.

Publisher: .

This book reading begins on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

After the fall of the Taliban, the author, a Norwegian journalist, got to know a bookshop owner Shah Muhammed Rais.  The bookshop owner was an Afghan patriot who had spent twenty years defying the authorities, including a spell in prison, to proptect his books.  The author spent four months living with the family, accompanying them about their daily life, in order to tell their story.


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:

Miss Chopsticks - by Xin Ran.

Reader: Sue Farrelly.

Publisher: Chatto and Windus.

This book reading begins on Tuesday December 5, 2017.

A Chinese peasant family of six daughters gave the girls numbers in order of birth rather than individual names.  Number three ran away to the city and found work in a restaurant.  Two of her sisters followed and also found work.  When they returned to their village at festival time bearing money and gifts their family and the villagers begin to realise they were not useless "chopsticks" after all.

The Surgeon of Crowthorn - by Simon Winshester.

Reader: Glenys Oswald.

Publisher: .

This book reading begins on Thursday January 4, 2018.

In the early morning of winter, 1872, the slum area of Lambeth in Victorian London, was aroused by gunshots.  George Marrett, a stoker at the Red Lion Brewery was found dying by a police constable.  The shooter, a tall distinguished man, readily admitted his guilt.  He claimed that he had mistaken the victim for an intruder in his room.

William Chester Minor, an American, was a former Army Surgeon, who proved Army Surgeon, who proved to be seriously demented.  He was sentenced to confinement in Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where he became for many years a regular contributer to the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary.


Fact or Fantasy

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

Napoleon: Warrior and Ruler - by William O'Conner Morris.

Reader: George Richard.

Publisher: G. P. Putnam.

This book reading begins on Saturday July 1, 2017.

A biographical work, tracing the life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Sir Joseph Banks - by H. Cameron.

Reader: George Richard.

Publisher: .

This book reading begins on Saturday December 23, 2017.

The biography of the famous botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook on several of his voyages to the New World.


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. 

1931 - Tough Times - by Simon Mitchell.

Reader: Dorothy Broom.

Publisher: Penguin.

This book begins on Friday December 15 2017. 

Tom is a young boy living in Fitzroy in the depression years with his brother and sister and dog Fungus.  With his friends Samson and Frank Moodie he has formed the Daredevils gang.  Life takes a turn for the worse when his father loses his job.


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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.