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The Guts by Roddy Doyle
  

The Guts

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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 Doyle's fiction: four middle-aged men at Ireland's hottest rock festival watching Jimmy's son Marvin's band Moanin' at Midnight pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called 'I'm Going to Hell' that apparently hasn't been heard since 1932. Why? You'll have to read The Guts to find out.

If you like Roddy Doyle you might also like to read books by Stephen Fry, Donal Ryan and Paul Murray.

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Synopsis

The Guts by Roddy Doyle

Winner of the Eason Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2013.

Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet.

Reviews

The novel is probably the most contemplative that Doyle has written - as a meditation on the importance of family, it is at times almost unbearably moving. -- Edmund Gordon Sunday Times

A visceral tragicomedy - as raw and as funny as anything [Doyle's] written. -- Olivia Cole GQ

Remarkable, relevant and, surprisingly for a book that's ostensibly about cancer, joyful. -- Kevin Maher The Times

The Guts has life, and heart, and jokes. -- Theo Tait Guardian

Bright, jokey, wry and robust. -- Patricia Craig Independent

About the Author

Roddy Doyle

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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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Roddy Doyle

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Hardback

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ISBN

9780224098328

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