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Roddy Doyle

Ireland (b.1958)

Roddy Doyle is the author of five novels, including Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, for which he won the 1993 Booker Prize, and The Woman Who Walked into Doors. He lives in Dublin.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Series contributed to
Non fiction
   Rory and Ita (2002)
   The Second Half (2014) (with Roy Keane)
   The Gifts of Reading (2020) (with William Boyd, Candice Carty-Williams, Imtiaz Dharker, Pico Iyer, Robert Macfarlane, Andy Miller, Jackie Morris, Chigozie Obioma and Philip Pullman)
   Kellie (2022) (with Kellie Harrington)
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1991) : The Van
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1993) : Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2013) : A Greyhound of a Girl
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Book nominee (2019) : Charlie Savage

Roddy Doyle recommends
How Many Miles to Babylon? (1974)
Jennifer Johnston
"A short, brilliant masterpiece."
Fever Pitch (1992)
Nick Hornby
"Funny, wise and true."
Give Us a Kiss (1996)
Daniel Woodrell
"I loved it. Woodrell is a marvellous writer."
The Crooked Man (1997)
(Harry Fielding, book 1)
Philip Davison
"... memorable and very accomplished book."
In the Beginning (1997)
Catherine Dunne
"Beautifully written, perfectly paced and very, very moving."
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998)
(McNulty Family, book 1)
Sebastian Barry
"This is a powerful, unique book. Sebastian Barry's language is utterly new and quite magnificent; it was like reading English for the first time."
The Salesman (1998)
Joseph O'Connor
"Joseph O'Connor has a great eye for the absurd in common things, a great ear for the comic in ordinary speech. His writing is terrific."
Sudden Times (1999)
Dermot Healy
"Disturbing, funny, mad and beautifully human... it's a great novel and Dermot Healy is Ireland's greatest writer."
Sing! (2001)
Michael Curtin
"One of Ireland's very best writers. His books are marvellous achievements, very funny and very, very human."
Sons of Destiny (2004)
(Saga of Darren Shan, book 12)
Darren Shan
"I love the way you manage to juggle funny with the unpleasant, the affection with the hurt. It's great story-telling."
The Midnight Choir (2006)
Gene Kerrigan
"A great writer... relentless and brilliant."
The Third Party (2007)
Glenn Patterson
"An intriguing and highly entertaining novel."
The Sea and the Silence (2008)
Peter Cunningham
"A terrific novel. Moving and hugely entertaining."
John the Revelator (2009)
Peter Murphy
"Everything about John the Revelator excited me - I couldn't wait to turn the page and keep going. It was almost like reading for the first time..."
City of Bohane (2011)
Kevin Barry
"Kevin Barry is unique, a one-man school. His work is hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant."
Hopscotch (2015)
Hilary Fannin
"Quite brilliant; beautifully, cleverly observed; funny, heart-breaking."
Reservoir 13 (2017)
Jon McGregor
"Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary - the way it's structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age. It's like watching more than a decade of living from a slow-moving train."
Peculiar Ground (2017)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
"So clever and beautifully written, it gripped me from start to end. I abandoned work and family to finish it."
Don't Skip Out on Me (2018)
Willy Vlautin
"Magnificent…. Willy Vlautin is now one of America’s great writers."
From a Low and Quiet Sea (2018)
Donal Ryan
"An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully crafted novel."
Travelling in a Strange Land (2018)
David Park
"An extraordinary novel, at once startling and quietly brilliant. David Park is a one of Ireland's great novelists and this is, perhaps, his best."
Last Stories (2018)
William Trevor
"The man - the work - was brilliant, elegant, surprising, reliable, precise, stark, often sad, sometimes funny, shocking and even frightening."
A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself (2019)
William Boyle
"It’s the women who make this novel such a great read. They are glorious and mad, vulnerable, so human, and very, very funny."
The Fire Starters (2019)
Jan Carson
"Jan Carson seems to have invented a new Belfast in this gripping, surprising, exhilarating novel."
The Wild Laughter (2020)
Caoilinn Hughes
"I loved this book. So funny and bleak. I loved the madness, the tone, the ending, the realisation, The Third Policeman charge of the whole thing."
Cathedral (2021)
Ben Hopkins
"Cathedral is a brilliantly organised mess of great, great characters. It is fascinating, fun, and gripping to the very end."
Before My Actual Heart Breaks (2021)
Tish Delaney
"This is in many ways a familiar story but it is told in such a fresh, entertaining, funny and moving way, it felt like I was reading something brand new."
Zorrie (2021)
Laird Hunt
"Zorrie is a beautiful novel. It is gentle, yet full of surprises, and Zorrie, the protagonist who loves her farm and Elvis, is a wonderful creation."
In the Event of Contact (2021)
Ethel Rohan
"This is a terrific collection; each story is its own thing, gripping, powerful and very moving."
The Rules of Revelation (2021)
Lisa McInerney
"The characters, the dialogue, the wit and humanity - everything about this book glows."
Snowflake (2021)
Louise Nealon
"Snowflake is mad and wonderful. I thought I was reading one thing, then discovered—several times—that I was reading a different, even better thing."
Under the Spell (2021)
Benjamin Hedin
"A novel that is both a terrific page-turner and a very moving depiction of grief; it really did have me under its spell."
Holding Her Breath (2021)
Eimear Ryan
"From the first sentence to the last, this is a great piece of writing - precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read."
The Hummingbird (2021)
Sandro Veronesi
"A spellbinding experience: clever, funny and deeply moving."
The Pages (2021)
Hugo Hamilton
"A terrific, engrossing novel. I love the narrator – such a great character – and the structure is clever and carefully woven, and very satisfying."
How to Gut a Fish (2022)
Sheila Armstrong
"The stories in this collection are unsettling, unpredictable, and brilliant."
Factory Girls (2022)
Michelle Gallen
"Full of the stuff that we're starting to expect of Michelle Gallen; wild, hilariously angry characters, and language that is vital, bang-on, and seriously funny."
The Making of Her (2022)
Bernadette Jiwa
"An absorbing, brilliantly paced book; I didn't want it to end."

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