A Page from My Life


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SKU: 9780008447922 Categories: , , , Author: VariousPublication Date: 30th Oct 2020Format: HardbackPages: 320Publisher: Harper Collins


A Selection of Stories from Ray D’Arcy Show Listeners

‘We asked listeners to be honest, creative, funny, engaging and evocative
in their writing … to try to make us laugh, cry and think. We never imagined
we would get the quantity and quality of entries that we did for A Page from
My Life.’ – Ray D’Arcy

In the midst of the Covid crisis, the Ray D’Arcy Show invited RTÉ Radio 1 listeners to send in ‘A Page
from My Life’: 500 words on a memorable event, or a story simply worth sharing. The response was
overwhelming. Ray and his team were inundated with over 2,500 entries, from authors of all ages and
all walks of life.

And what those entries created was an extraordinary picture of Irish life in microcosm. Funny and
heart-breaking, poignant and surprising, they told a series of unforgettable stories … moments that
changed everything, and where life itself seemed to hang in the balance. Quiet reflections on the
meaning of love and loss. Hilarious tales of everyday mishaps, chance encounters, and feats of pure
imagination. It was a timely reminder of the experiences and values that unite us, even as
circumstances contrived to keep us apart.

Introduced by the Ray D’Arcy Show judges – bestselling authors Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart),
Emilie Pine (Notes to Self), Emer McLysaght (the Aisling series) and Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) – A
Page From My Life gathers 150 of these stories to form an exhilarating and moving testament to the
wonder of everyday life.

• fully backed by RTÉ, with the Ray D’Arcy Show (listenership 224k+)
to provide follow-up publicity and spots
• contributors from all walks of life, across all ages and backgrounds
super-short windows into the private worlds of people in our own
• inspiring, heart-wrenching, funny and shocking stories to enjoy,
share and chat about
• to benefit LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice – a much-loved
charity that serves the whole country

‘Getting to read a little snippet of a tiny fraction of those stories as a judge for A Page From My Life
turned out to be an honour I wasn’t really prepared for.’ – Emer McLysaght, author of the Aisling
‘I love that this book exists and that so many people have been given a chance to share their stories,
funny, sad, surprising, inspiring, always fascinating, with a large and appreciative audience, and that
so many words that might otherwise have been left unspoken or unheard will live forever now
between its covers, waiting to be discovered, over and over again.’ – Donal Ryan, author of The
Spinning Heart
‘I can honestly say that this was the best crop of [writing competition] submissions I have ever had the
privilege of reading, and I look forward to browsing this volume with nothing on my mind but
admiration. – Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl
‘When each of these authors decided to send their stories out into the world – a page from their life –
they found a way to stop for a moment, to look at their lives, and to listen to the voice inside that says,
‘this thing that happened to you, it is important.’ – Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self


A Page from My Life