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Roddy Doyle


Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is the author of 10 novels, a collection of stories, and RORY & ITA, a memoir of his parents. He has written five books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for PADDY CLARKE Ha Ha Ha.

Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel THE WOMAN WHO WALKED INTO THE DOORS and he has written the stage adaptation for THE COMMITMENTS.

He also wrote the screenplays for THE SNAPPER, THE VAN, FAMILY, WHEN BRENDAN MET TRUDY and he co-wrote the screenplay for THE COMMITMENTS.

Roddy Doyle

Books by Roddy Doyle

by Roddy Doyle - Fiction, Psychological Suspense

Alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted by a man. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories --- of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor’s own small claim to fame, as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio. But it’s the memories of school, and of one particular brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

by Roddy Doyle - Fiction, Humor

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. These days, the almost-50-year-old Jimmy has a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past.

written by Roddy Doyle with illustrations by Emily Hughes - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction
by Roddy Doyle - Fiction, Short Stories

Anyone looking for a guide to the psyche of the middle-aged man would do much worse than to settle down with Roddy Doyle’s outstanding new collection of 13 stories. Set, with one exception, in present-day Dublin and its environs, they offer the literary equivalent of an MRI of the souls of a troubled, yet sympathetic, group of men. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

written by Roddy Doyle, illustrated by Brian Ajhar