An Irishman Abroad

James O’Brien: Episode 314

September 21, 2019
When James O’Brien released his first book, How To Be Right in November 2018, the publishing industry quickly tipped it to be the ‘dark horse’ of the Christmas book race. Proving them all … right, How To Be Right catapulted into the Sunday Times bestseller list, winning over established fans and critics alike, and earning him a cover of the New York Times – positioning him as an outlier ‘voice of reason’ in the UK political sphere. Over a million people each week tune into James O’Brien’s LBC show to hear him dissect the lightning-rod topics of the day. James’ debates often go viral on social media – one about Amber Rudd has had more than 4 million views on Facebook alone, and his podcast ‘Full Disclosure’ (the first episode featuring Tony Blair on Brexit), immediately went to number 1 on the UK iTunes chart.
 
This week he sat down with Jarlath to discuss the continued success and growing importance of the book and his broadcasting. The son of an Irish immigrant, James weighs in on why Northern Ireland continues to be the sticking point in Brexit negotiations and why the history of the region is rarely taught in schools. Jarlath asks James about the turning points in his career and how he copes with the trolls he creates on air every day.
 
There’s also news of a new live event for Dublin fans of the podcast on November 21st. 

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