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Roddy Doyle - Author

About the Author

Roddy Doyle was our Guest Editor in October 2011. Click here to see his book selection.

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

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2018

Winner of the Booker Prize Roddy Doyle's witty, exuberant novel about a young boy trying to make sense of his changing worldIt is 1968. Patrick Clarke is ten. He loves Geronimo, the Three Stooges, and the smell of his hot water bottle. He can't stand his little brother Sinbad. His best friend is Kevin, and their names are all over Barrytown, written with sticks in wet cement. They play football, lepers, and jumping to the bottom of the sea. But why didn't anyone help him when Charles Leavy had been going to kill him? Why do his ma and da argue so much, but act like everything is fine? Paddy sees everything, but he understands less and less. Hilarious and poignant,Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Hacharts the triumphs, indignities, and bewilderment of a young boy and his world, a place full of warmth, cruelty, confusion and love.

Smile

Smile

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers.He prompts other memories too - of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control - and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

Paula Spencer

Paula Spencer

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's forty-eighth birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Having outlived an abusive husband and father, Paula and her four children are now struggling to live their adult lives, with two of the kids balancing their own addictions. Paula rebuilds her life slowly. As she goes about her daily routine working as a cleaning woman, and cooking for her two children at home, she re-establishes connections with her two sisters, her mother, and grandchildren, expanding her world. Doyle has movingly depicted a woman, both strong and fragile, who is fighting back and finally equipped to be a mother to her children.

Smile

Smile

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2017

From the author of the Booker Prize winningPaddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, abold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past."e;It's his bravest novel yet; it's also, by far, his best."e;-- npr.org';The closest thing he's written to a psychological thriller."e; The New York Times Book ReviewJust moved into a new apartment, 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. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memoriesof 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. Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Smile

Smile

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Smile, written and read by Roddy Doyle.Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood - but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick.Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers.He prompts other memories too - of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio.But it's the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity."e;Roddy Doyle's finest book in 20 years"e; - John Boyne "e;A book that made me feel I really was in the presence of a master"e; - Sebastian Barry "e;Doyle writes about damage without relish or sensationalism. In Smile he manages to be considered and to take risks at the same time"e; - Anne Enright

Putovanje kroz noc

Putovanje kroz noc

Author: Roddy Doyle, Rodi Dojl Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

Rodija Dojla, jednog od najznacajnijih savremenih irskih pisaca, proslavila je Bukerova nagrada za roman Padi Klark, ha, ha, ha, ali i kultni filmovi snimljeni po njegovoj Beritaun trilogiji - Posveceni Alana Parkera, i Kopile i Kombi Stivena Frirsa. Dojlova proza prepoznatljiva je po izrazenoj dramskoj strukturi, bez klasicne naracije i sa obiljem zivopisnih, majstorski oblikovanih dijaloga, kojima prvenstveno i duguje knjizevni uspeh. ZamiA ljena kao priA a o suoA avanju s gubitkom voljenih, knjiga Putovanje kroz noA pretvorila se u apoteozu duboke i neuniA tive veze sa A enskim korenima. U ovoj lirskoj drami, Dojl uspeva da nepretenciozno, duhovito i, istovremeno, dirljivo, doA ara kljuA ne trenutke u A ivotu A etiri generacije A ena jedne irske porodice.

Brilliant

Brilliant

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2015

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