Books by Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle was born in 1958. He attended St. Fintan's Christian Brothers School in Sutton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and continued his education at University College, Dublin. He worked for fourteen years as an English and Geography teacher


THE GUTS by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2014

"Whatever its novelistic flaws, the rock criticism and pop-culture insights are sharp throughout."
In this entertainingly chatty novel, the Irish author revisits some characters from the well-received debut that launched his career, but he isn't quite sure what to do with them. Read full book review >
A GREYHOUND OF A GIRL by Roddy Doyle
Released: May 1, 2012

Twelve-year-old Mary O'Hara is surrounded by good-humored women…her mum at home, her mum's mum, who is dying in Dublin's Sacred Heart Hospital, and her mum's mum's mum, who has just materialized as a ghost on her street.

That's four generations of Irish women, all whirling about in some state of consciousness or another, and it's enough to make Mary dizzy. Read full book review >

HER MOTHER’S FACE by Roddy Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

In Doyle's first picture book, a girl matures in the shadow of grief. Read full book review >

THE DEPORTEES by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2008

"Point taken, but what might have been entertaining as a newsprint monthly series seems slight in book form."
The novelist's first story collection holds more socio-cultural than literary interest. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS by Roddy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Doyle neatly splits his narrative in two with this dual look at huskies and raw adolescent angst. Read full book review >

PAULA SPENCER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Profound, subtle and unsentimental—the latest from a master back in top form."
An intimate, humane portrait of a working-class Irish woman's pleasures and struggles in her first year of sobriety. Read full book review >
OH, PLAY THAT THING by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2004

"An uncharacteristic misstep in a brilliant writer's estimable career."
Terrorist Henry Smart, the memorable IRA antihero of Doyle's superb sixth novel (A Star Called Henry, 1999) makes an imperfect conquest of America in this widely ranging sequel. Read full book review >
THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURES by Roddy Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Jimmy Mack, when are ya comin' back? Read full book review >

RORY & ITA by Roddy Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A sweet, inoffensive, rambling oral history of a writer's respectable, hardworking, warmly dignified parents. Marriage never sounded quite so good."
The Booker Prize-winner and the Irish working-class's Marcel Proust (A Star Called Henry, 1999, etc.) offers a nonfiction account of his parents' reminiscences "about the people they were before they were my parents," continuing through WWII and into their senior years. Read full book review >
ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS by Roddy Doyle
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Combine one talking dog, Santa Claus, his reindeer Rudolph, who has the flu, lizards that change their names to fit a climate, four children, and a variety of talking objects and appliances; add an irreverent tone and cheeky style, and presto: a nonsensical and nonlinear story based on the belief in Santa. Read full book review >

THE GIGGLER TREATMENT by Roddy Doyle
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Beware, all grown-ups who are contemplating being mean to a child. Read full book review >

A STAR CALLED HENRY by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"            Absolutely extraordinary.  Readers who thought Doyle had outdone himself with the deftly juxtaposed comedy and drama in his recent fiction will be amazed and delighted all over again."
            The much-loved Irish author (The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, 1996, etc.) breaks impressive new ground with this masterly portrayal of the making of an IRA terrorist - the first volume of a projected trilogy entitled The Last Roundup. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO WALKED INTO DOORS by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"It's a bloody wonderful story."
A skillful mixture of buoyant farce and wrenching drama from the popular Irish author (The Commitments, 1987; Booker-winner Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Doyle, who's limned with wry affection the lives of families in Dublin's working-class neighborhoods, here makes ten-year-old Paddy Clarke of Barrytown, Dublin, his narrator. Read full book review >

THE SNAPPER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Not a false note anywhere."
A warm, frank, and very funny account of family life and pregnancy as Irish writer Doyle (The Commitments, 1989; also see below) continues the saga of the endearing working-class Rabbitte family of Barrytown, Dublin. Read full book review >
THE VAN by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vintage Doyle."
A beaten-up van dispensing fish and chips, not some clearing in the deep woods, is the setting for Doyle's warm, humorous, and cleareyed look at male friendship—in this his third book featuring the irrepressible Rabbitte family of Dublin (The Commitments, 1989; The Snapper, see above). Read full book review >
THE COMMITMENTS by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1989

"Brash, human, smoothly executed, and seemingly authentic, full of youth, energy, and good humor, this is a quintessential garage-band romance—and a fine and promising debut."
First published in Britain in 1987, this bracing, funny, honest, and charming first novel tracks the brief existence of The Commitments, a working-class Dublin band bent on bringing soul to the people. Read full book review >