The Sunday Times ‘On the Shelf’ video series features Irish crime author Catherine Ryan Howard in latest episode

  • Series features Eithne Shortall, author and Chief Arts Correspondent with The Sunday Times, interviewing, Donal Ryan, Patricia Scanlan, Joseph O’Connor, Shane Hegarty and John Connolly to find out what books have influenced them
  • Bewley’s teams up with The Sunday Times to support ‘On the Shelf’

Catherine Ryan Howard, the internationally acclaimed bestselling crime writer, is the guest on the latest episode, of ‘On the Shelf’, a new online video series from The Sunday Times which features interviews with well-known Irish authors.

In ‘On the Shelf’, Eithne Shortall – Chief Arts Correspondent with The Sunday Times and a novelist in her own right – visits authors in their homes and writing rooms to check out what books line their bookshelves. Over a cup of Bewley’s tea or coffee with Eithne, they then reveal their five favourite books – the ones that influenced them, made them laugh, cry or perhaps want to become a writer in the first place. The authors also chat about their career, goals and hopes for the future.

In the latest episode, which is out the 20th October, Catherine Ryan Howard reveals what books have inspired, amused and entertained her over the years.

Other interviewees in the series include:

  • Joseph O’Connor, journalist, lecturer and award winning contemporary and historical novelist
  • Donal Ryan, twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
  • Patricia Scanlan, bestselling author of over twenty books
  • Shane Hegarty, author of the author of the tremendously popular Darkmouthseries
  • John Connolly, the Sunday Times, Irish Times, New York Times bestselling Irish author of the Charlie Parker novels

Underlying The Sunday Times commitment to books and authors every week in the newspaper’s Culture supplement, ‘On the Shelf’ is made in association with Bewley’s because a cuppa and a great book are the perfect combination!

Karen Price, Creative Director with News Ireland, said: “The aim of the campaign is to acknowledge and celebrate the pivotal role that writing and reading plays in all aspects of Irish life, while acknowledging the breadth of brilliant writing talent in this country. Authors and books are at the heart of feature coverage in The Sunday Times and this is why we want to encourage more people to pick up a book and enjoy the pleasure of reading.”

Jason Doyle, Managing Director of Bewley’s added: “Bewley’s has a long-celebrated history of bringing artists and creatives from all walks of life together to share experiences and be inspired.”

“Bewley’s Grafton Street has played an important and historic role in Irish literary, cultural and social life with connections to Irish writers and artists; Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett and James Joyce to name a few. Our partnership with The Sunday Times gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our literary heritage in the modern era with a new audience. We are hugely excited to be playing a part in this series championing contemporary Irish authors.”

To find out more about ‘On the Shelf’ and to watch the videos, please visit or search for #ST_OnTheShelf on The Sunday Times Facebook or YouTube page: