Search Results: "Roddy Doyle"


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PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
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. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BRILLIANT by Roddy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Hopeful and surprisingly exhilarating. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The children of Dublin chase down the Black Dog of depression in order to retrieve the city's funny bone. Read full book review >

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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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WILDERNESS by Roddy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Though the variegated ages of the characters may give this title difficulty finding its audience, the story is a pleasure to discover. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Doyle neatly splits his narrative in two with this dual look at huskies and raw adolescent angst. Read full book review >

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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 >