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Roddy Doyle

Biography

Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is the author of 11 novels, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues, and RORY & ITA, a memoir of his parents. He has written seven books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Éireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA.

Roddy Doyle

Books by Roddy Doyle

by Roddy Doyle - Fiction

While at Donnelly’s for his usual pint, Victor Forde is approached by a man in shorts and a pink shirt. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, and also 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 that 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