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Paula Spencer

(2006)
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In this new novel, set in contemporary Dublin, Roddy Doyle returns to Paula Spencer (“One of Doyle's finest creations” - Toronto Star), the beloved heroine of the bestselling The Woman Who Walked into Doors, with spectacular results.

Paula Spencer begins on the eve of Paula's forty-eighth birthday. She hasn't had a drink for four months and five days. Having outlived an abusive husband and father, Paula and her four children are now struggling to live their adult lives, with two of the kids balancing their own addictions. Knowing how close she always is to the edge, Paula rebuilds her life slowly, taking pride in the things she accomplishes, helped sometimes by the lists she makes to plan for the future.

As she goes about her daily routine working as a cleaning woman, and cooking for her two children at home, she re-establishes connections with her two sisters, her mother and grandchildren, expanding her world. She discovers the latest music, the Internet and text-messaging, treats herself to Italian coffees, and gradually ventures beyond her house, where she's always felt most comfortable. As Paula thinks of herself, “She's a new-old woman, learning how to live.”

Doyle has movingly depicted a woman, both strong and fragile, who is fighting back and finally equipped to be a mother to her children - but now that they're mostly grown up, is it too late? Doyle's fans and new readers alike will root for Paula to stay clean and find a little healing for herself and her children, amidst the threat that it may all go wrong.

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Hardback Editions

May 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paula Spencer (Thorndike Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7862-9507-4 / 978-0-7862-9507-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-7724-2 / 978-0-7531-7724-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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December 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-670-03816-4 / 978-0-670-03816-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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September 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-676-97844-4 / 978-0-676-97844-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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September 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-07866-6 / 978-0-224-07866-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

December 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-14-311273-2 / 978-0-14-311273-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clearway Logistics Knv
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November 2007 : UK Paperback

Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-7725-0 / 978-0-7531-7725-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-676-97845-2 / 978-0-676-97845-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-09-950137-6 / 978-0-09-950137-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-07867-4 / 978-0-224-07867-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Audio Editions

February 2007 : USA Audio CD

Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7927-4737-2 / 978-0-7927-4737-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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February 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7927-4758-5 / 978-0-7927-4758-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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September 2006 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 1-84657-036-0 / 978-1-84657-036-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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September 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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September 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Paula Spencer
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon