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Roddy Doyle - Author

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His first novel, The Commitments, was published to great acclaim in 1987 and was made into a very successful film in 1991. The Snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film. His third novel, The Van, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was also made into a film. Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha won the 1993 Booker Prize. His most recent novel is A Star Called Henry. He lives in Dublin.

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If you like Roddy Doyle you might also like to read books by David Nobbs, Stephen Fry and Sebastian Barry.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Roddy Doyle

Smile by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood - but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017
The Guts by Roddy Doyle
The Guts
Roddy Doyle
The Commitments was the first novel in Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy about a set of friends trying to make their lives better in 80s Dublin. More than 20 years later The Guts throws us back into their world as, older and coming to grips...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
The Guts by Roddy Doyle
The Guts
Roddy Doyle
Winner of the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013. This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 9 June 2011. Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in Bullfighting present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs, and of the Irish middle-aged male confronting...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/04/2011
The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
The Dead Republic
Roddy Doyle
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 April 2010. The final part of Roddy Doyle's trilogy see's Henry Smart return to the Ireland he left 20 years before and once again getting caught up in the Republican...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/03/2010
Oh, Play That Thing by Roddy Doyle
Oh, Play That Thing
Roddy Doyle
In A Star Called Henry we were introduced to this charismatic lad, prince of the streets and rebel. Now he is a handsome young man fleeing Ireland and losing none of his charm and quick wits in prohibition America. Speak-easies,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2005
The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle
The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Roddy Doyle
A moving and dignified story of a woman recalling her life after finally being free from the abusive husband who affected so much of her life. May 2010 Guest Editor John Boyne on Roddy Doyle... Watching Doyle’s ascent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/1998

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