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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

Brilliant

Brilliant

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

Star Dogs: Beyond the Stars

Star Dogs: Beyond the Stars

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2014

An imaginative short story inspired by real events, taken from the collection, BEYOND THE STARS, and written and illustrated by two award-winning talentsTold from the perspective of the Russian dog Tsygan, this is the story of the first living creatures to be sent into space - the 'star dogs' of the title.Roddy Doyle's typically accessible voice is complemented by the illuminating illustrations of Steve Simpson, together immersing a new generation of young readers in the incredible true story of the Soviet space dogs, one of the twentieth century's true feats of science.

Two More Pints

Two More Pints

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Two men meet for a pint - or two - in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, curse the ref, say a last farewell... In this second collection of comic dialogues Doyle's drinkers ponder: - a topless Kate Middleton - Barack and Michelle Obama ('fuckin' gorgeous') - David Beckham ('Would you tattoo your kids' names on the back of your neck?' 'They wouldn't fit') - Jimmy Savile ('a gobshite') - the financial crisis (again) - abortion (again) - and horsemeat in your burger... Once again, those we have lost troop through their thoughts - Lou Reed, Seamus Heaney, Reg Presley, Nelson Mandela ('he should never have left the Four Tops'), Phil Everly, Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Temple - and they still have that unerring ability to ask the really fundamental questions like 'Would you take penalty points for your missis?'

Two More Pints

Two More Pints

Author: Roddy Doyle Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

Following on Two Pints, another hilarious book on everything that matters from the brilliant Roddy Doyle. Two men meet for a pint -- or two -- in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, curse the ref, say a last farewell. In this second collection of delicious comic dialogues Doyle's drinkers ponder:*;a topless Kate Middleton*;Barack and Michelle Obama*;David Beckham ("e;Would you tattoo your kids' names on the back of your neck?"e; "e;They wouldn't fit."e;)*;Jimmy Savile ("e;a gobshite"e;)*;the financial crisis (again)*;abortion (again)*;and horsemeat in your burger... Once again, those we have lost troop through their thoughts -- Lou Reed, Seamus Heaney, Reg Presley, Nelson Mandella, Phil Everly, Margaret Thatcher, Shirley Temple -- and they still have that unerring ability to ask the really fundamental questions like "e;Would you take penalty points for your missis?"e;

The Guts

The Guts

Author: Roddy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2014

Longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ... and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. Includes the short story Jimmy Jazz

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

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