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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.

Rover and the Big Fat Baby

Rover and the Big Fat Baby

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Rover, canine star of The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas and The Meanwhile Adventures is back! The BFB (Big Fat Baby) is missing! Can Rover the wonder dog and his little nephew Messi (who is actually very tidy) track her down? While Rover and co. are hot on the trail of the BFB, via Granny Mack's backpack, the post lady's basket and a plane bound for Africa, it looks like the Gigglers are about to run out of poo . . . And without an urgent delivery from Rover, how will they be able to give the Giggler Treatment to grumpy adults and help kids all over the country? In Rover and the Big Fat Baby, Rover returns for another adventure in this bestselling illustrated series by Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.

Brilliant

Brilliant

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

Gloria and Rayzer must save their Uncle Ben. The black dog has got him. At least, that's what they heard their granny say. And she says it's taken Dublin's funny bone too. As Uncle Ben's Dublin business fails, it's clear to Gloria and Rayzer that something is wrong. He just isn't his usual cheerful self. So when the children overhear their granny saying that the Black Dog has settled on Ben's back and he won't be OK until it's gone, they decide they're going to get rid of it. Gathering all their courage the children set out on a midnight quest to hunt down the Black Dog and chase it away. Gloria and Rayzer are really brave, but the black dog is really scary - and soon they realize that they can't fight it alone. Before long loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin's adults. Together - and with the help of magical animals, birds and rodents - the children manage to corner the Black Dog . . . but will they have the courage and cleverness to destroy the frightening creature? Roddy Doyle's 'brilliant' Brilliant is a wonderful, heartwarming middle grade tale of friendship and family.

Brilliant

Brilliant

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

When Uncle Ben's Dublin business fails, it's clear to Gloria and Raymond that something is wrong. He just isn't his usual cheerful self. So when the children overhear their granny saying that the Black Dog has settled on Ben's back and he won't be OK until it's gone, they decide they're going to get rid of it. Gathering all their courage the children set out on a midnight quest to hunt down the Black Dog and chase it away. But they aren't the only kids on the mission. Loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin's adults. Together - and with the help of magical animals, birds and rodents - the children manage to corner the Black Dog . . . but will they have the courage and cleverness to destroy the frightening creature?

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

The Meanwhile Adventures

The Meanwhile Adventures

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Mr Mack's inventing career has got off to a bad start - he's been arrested! It's up to Jimmy, Robbie, Kayla and Rover the wonder-dog to: - Rescue Mr Mack from prison - Avoid the orphan catchers - Save the world from an army of stroppy slugs Will they succeed? There's only one way to find out.

Rover Saves Christmas

Rover Saves Christmas

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Gloriously silly comedy from Booker prize winner and bestseller Roddy Doyle. It's Christmas eve and Rudolph's got the flu! Jimmy and Robbie Mack are so desperate for Christmas that they've left twenty-seven sandwiches out for Santa. But Rudolf is off sick and Santa's grounded the sleigh - with all the presents. Will the big day be cancelled? Or can Rover the wonder-dog come to the rescue? Look out for more cheeky runaway comedies starring the Mack family and Rover the wonder-dog: THE GIGGLER TREATMENT (9781407139722) and THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURES (9781407139746).

The Giggler Treatment

The Giggler Treatment

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

Gloriously silly comedy from Booker prize winner and bestseller Roddy Doyle. If adults are mean to children, they get the Giggler Treatment. It's smelly. It's squishy. And it sticks to your shoe. But sometimes, just sometimes, the Gigglers make a mistake... Can Robbie, Kayla, Jimmy and Rover the dog come to Mr Mack's rescue before the poo hits the shoe? Look out for more cheeky runaway comedies starring the Mack family and Rover the wonder-dog: ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS (9781407139739) and THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURES (9781407139746).

Greyhound of a Girl

Greyhound of a Girl

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

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.

Greyhound of a Girl

Greyhound of a Girl

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The best-ever children's novel from the brilliant Roddy Doyle is a funny, sad story about four generations of a family. 12 year old Mary O'Hara's beloved, joke-cracking grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard - until a mysterious young woman appears at Mary's door. She is the ghost of Granny's long-dead mammy and her mission is to help her dying daughter say goodbye to the ones she loves. But first she needs someone to drive them all to the old family farm for a visit to the past. A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL is a perfectly-pitched, sharp and tender tale of family history, cracking characters, and bonds between mothers and daughters that will entrance readers from 10 to adult.

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...

Wilderness

Wilderness

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

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

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