I’m on sabbatical next week. Part holiday, part catch up on some offline stuff that need to catch up on. Next you hear from me should be the ‘return to Stormont’ (hammer horror productions). I’m hoping to get a ring side seat in the Great Hall, but it sounds like there’s going to be some stiff competition for places. In the meantime, we start our first installment of the Slugger O’Toole bookclub!The three books featured this month are Seamus Deane’s picaresque masterpiece, Reading in the Dark; David McWilliams’ study of the changing demographics of the Republic, The Pope’s Children; and Brian Lynch’s long poem on Northern Ireland, Pity for the Wicked. All but the last can be bought from Amazon. Lynch’s book can be ordered from ReadIreland. Read along with us (and vote for your favourite) until our podcast discussion towards the end of the month. If there’s enough interest, we may even organise a real time session in Belfast, Dublin or London!