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Roddy Doyle - Author

About the Author

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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 globally successful film by Alan Parker. The Snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film, directed by Stephen Frears. The Van was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize and made into a film also by Stephen Frears. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won the Booker Prize in 1993, has been published in over twenty languages.

In 1994 he wrote the screenplay for the television drama series, Family.  His plays include Brownbread (1987), War (1989) and, most recently, an updated version of The Playboy of the Western World (2007), which he co-wrote with Bisi Adigun. He has also written a collection of stories, The Deportees (2007) and a memoir of his parents, Rory and Ita (2002). His most recent novel is The Dead Republic (2010), which is the final part of the trilogy, following on from Oh, Play That Thing (2004) and A Star Called Henry (1999).

Roddy’s first children’s book The Giggler Treatment was shortlisted for the WH Smith Children’s Book Award.

Roddy Doyle has won many prizes for his writing.  These include the Booker Prize and a BAFTA screenplay. He has also won the Irish Children's Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2013 CILIP Carnegie Medal.  His novel The Commitments was turned into a blockbuster film directed by Alan Parket and is now a successful musical in Dublin and in London, directed by Jamie Lloyd.  

Featured books by Roddy Doyle

Other books by Roddy Doyle

Wilderness

Wilderness

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A novel of mothers lost and found, Wilderness is part roaring adventure, part family drama - with a charm that's all Roddy Doyle's. While Tom and Johnny are on a husky safari in Finland, their half-sister Grainne stays behind to face the mother who abandoned her. But Tom and Johnny are too caught up in their adventure to think of home - until they find themselves lost in the snow, in a desperate struggle for survival...

Greyhound of a Girl

Greyhound of a Girl

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

12 year old Mary's beloved grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard - until Granny's long-dead mammy appears. Her ghost has returned to help her dying daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves. But first she needs to take them all on a road trip to the past. A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL is a perfectly-pitched, funny and tender tale about four generations of an Irish family, and the special bonds between mothers and daughters. It will entrance readers from 10 to adult.

Roddy Doyle Bind-up: The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, The Meanwhile Adventures

Roddy Doyle Bind-up: The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, The Meanwhile Adventures

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

This special edition includes The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas and The Meanwhile Adventures. Join Rover the wonder-dog and the eccentric but lovable Mack family as they get into one madcap adventure after the other! The poo is about to hit the shoe... Riotously funny The Times Packed full of bizarre humour, imagination and a whole lot of poo... Bookseller Brilliant Irish Independent

Wilderness

Wilderness

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2008

A novel of mothers lost and found, Wilderness is part roaring adventure, part family drama - with a charm that's all Roddy Doyle's. While Tom and Johnny are on a husky safari in Finland, their half-sister Grainne stays behind to face the mother who abandoned her. But Tom and Johnny are too caught up in their adventure to think of home - until they find themselves lost in the snow, in a desperate struggle for survival...

The Giggler Treatment

The Giggler Treatment

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2007

The Gigglers waited. They waited for the wallop \- Mr Mack hitting the poo. They waited for the squelch \- Mr Mack stepping down on the poo. They waited for the groan \- Mr Mack seeing that most of the poo was now on his shoe. Who are the Gigglers? Good question. The Gigglers look after children. And they do it very well\.

The Giggler Treatment

The Giggler Treatment

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2001

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Author: Roddy Doyle, Chrissie Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/1999

Key features of this text: How to study the text Author and historical background General and detailed summaries Commentary on themes, structure, characters, language and style Glossaries Test questions and issues to consider Essay writing advice Cultural connections Literary terms Illustrations Colour design

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