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:

The Bookseller of Kabul - by Asne Seierstad.

Reader: Lyn Muir.

This book reading will begin 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.

Murderers and Other Friends - by John Mortimer.

Reader: Annie Quarmby.

This book reading will begin on Wednesday January 31, 2018.

The autobiography of well-known British author and former barrister John Mortimer.


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 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.

The Distant Hours - by Kate Morton.

Reader: Sue Farrelly.

This book reading will begin on Thursday January 25, 2018.

In the early years of World War II, a village postman did not do his regular round one day and hid the mail bag in his attic.  After his death, 50 years later, his relatives discovered the undelivered mail and returned it to the Post Office, which posted the letters to the recipients still traceable.

When Edie Burnell's mother received one such long-lost letter from a Juniper Blythe, Edie's curiosity was aroused by the distress it caused.  She set out to get to the bottom of the mystery of her mother's time at Milderhurst Castle as a war-time evacuee. 


Fact or Fantasy

Fact or Fantasy can be heard Saturday at 3:00 pm:

Sir Joseph Banks - by H. Cameron.

Reader: George Richard.

Publisher: .

This book reading began 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.

Winnie the Pooh.

Reader: Marlene Norst.

Publisher: .

This book begins on Friday February 2 2018. 

THe famous story of Christopher Robin and his friends.


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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.