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'I adore Rob Doyle. One of the great wordsmiths of our age' - Dan Stevens 

'A readers’ book and a writer’s dream ...  buy Autobibliography as your Christmas guidebook for your own 52 book challenge for 2022 ... Rob Doyle is the perfect bookshop companion' - Rebecca George, Nation.Cymru

In my case, reading has always served a dual purpose. In a positive sense, it offers sustenance, enlightenment, the bliss of fascination. In a negative sense, it is a means of withdrawal, of inhabiting a reality quarantined from one that often comes across as painful, alarming or downright distasteful. In the former sense, reading is like food; in the latter, it is like drugs or alcohol.

In Autobibliography, Rob Doyle recounts a year spent rereading fifty-two books – from the Dhammapada and Marcus Aurelius, via The Tibetan Book of the Dead and La Rochefoucauld, to Robert Bolaño and Svetlana Alexievich – as well as the memories they trigger and the reverberations they create. It is a record of a year in reading, and of a lifetime of books.

Provocative, intelligent and funny, it is a brilliant introduction to a personal canon by one of the most original and exciting writers around. It is a book about books, a book about reading, and a book about a writer. It is an autobibliography.


'In the plethora of Irish auto-fiction in recent years, this stands out as a fresh take. Doyle's is an erudite voice ... A book lovers dream ... Wonderful - one to be dipped into which will never disappoint. Ideal Christmas gift for the book lover'

'I loved this, and then some. A must-read for anyone who relishes an afternoon in a comfy chair with a cup of tea reading a book'

'I really enjoyed Rob Doyle's highly personal [book] based on a column he wrote during the pandemic for The Irish Times. His range of reference is wide, his approach is entertaining and revealing'

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