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Roddy Doyle

Ireland (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.
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 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."
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 Junk Yard (1999)
Marsha Hunt
"This is some of the most powerful writing I've read in years. I finished the book shattered and grateful."
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."
The Ledge (2002)
Blánaid McKinney
"The Ledge is a terrific novel. The writing is brilliant, the characters are terrific, the plot comes staggering out of that corner where malice, hilarity and sentiment meet and have it out."
Sons of Destiny (2005)
(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..."
Life In The Universe (2009)
Michael J Farrell
"This is a great collection. The stories surprise, and are full of surprises. They are funny, provocative, clever, charming, and quite brilliantly written."
Ghosts and Lightning (2009)
Trevor Byrne
"Often funny, sometimes very frightening , always very human, I loved it."
City of Bohane (2011)
Kevin Barry
"Kevin Barry is unique, a one-man school. His work is hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant."
Over Our Heads (2015)
Andrew Fox
"Over Our Head is full of surprises, all of them great."
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."
The Graybar Hotel (2017)
Curtis Dawkins
"The stories in The Graybar Hotel are astonishing, clever and true. It's the best collection I've read in a long, long time."
Don't Skip Out on Me (2018)
Willy Vlautin
"Magnificent…. Willy Vlautin is now one of America’s great writers."

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