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Rory and Ita

(2002)
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Ita Doyle: 'In all my life I have lived in two houses, had two jobs, and one husband. I'm a very interesting person.' Rory and Ita, Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book, tells - largely in their own words - the story of his parents' lives from their first memories to the present. Born in 1923 and 1925 respectively, they met at a New Year's Eve dance in 1947 and married in 1951. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods - the people (aunts, cousins, shopkeepers, friends, teachers), the politics (both came from Republican families), idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, Rory's apprenticeship as a printer. Ita's mother died when she was three ('the only memory I have is of her hands, doing things'); Rory was the oldest of nine children, five of them girls. By the time they put down a deposit of two hundred pounds for a house in Kilbarrack, Rory was working as a compositor at the Irish Independent. By the time the first of their four children was born he'd become a teacher, at the School of Printing in Dublin. Kilbarrack began to change ('it wasn't a rural place any more') and Ireland too. Through their eyes we see the intensely Catholic society of their youth being transformed into the vibrant, modern Ireland of today. Both Rory and Ita Doyle are marvellous talkers, with excellent memories, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, it makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity.

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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : UK Hardback

Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-9854-1 / 978-0-7531-9854-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-676-97566-6 / 978-0-676-97566-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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November 2002 : UK Hardback

Title: Rory & Ita (Signed)
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-07132-7 / 978-0-224-07132-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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November 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-670-03204-2 / 978-0-670-03204-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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November 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-06923-3 / 978-0-224-06923-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-676-97567-4 / 978-0-676-97567-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-09-944922-6 / 978-0-09-944922-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-06386-3 / 978-0-224-06386-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-9855-X / 978-0-7531-9855-1 (UK edition)
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September 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-14-200360-3 / 978-0-14-200360-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

February 2009 : UK Audio CD

Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-4135-3 / 978-0-7531-4135-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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December 2005 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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June 2003 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7531-1766-5 / 978-0-7531-1766-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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December 2002 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 1-85686-784-6 / 978-1-85686-784-9 (UK edition)
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November 2002 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 1-85686-607-6 / 978-1-85686-607-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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September 2008 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rory & Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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September 2003 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Rory and Ita
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Penguin Books
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