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Doyle, Roddy 1958-

Works: 427 works in 2,347 publications in 20 languages and 43,348 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Humorous fiction  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Historical fiction  Short stories  Musical fiction  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Scenarist, Author of introduction, Creator, Contributor, Interviewee, Other, Conceptor
Classifications: PR6054.O95, 823.914
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Paddy Clarke, ha-ha-ha by Roddy Doyle( Book )

172 editions published between 1933 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 3,515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old Irish boy, Patrick Clarke, is a poignant voyage through a bewildering, ever-changing world of family, friends, dreams, and growing up
A star called Henry by Roddy Doyle( Book )

109 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An IRA terrorist who fought for Irish independence in 1910s Dublin tells his story. He is Henry Smart, son of a brothel bouncer, who becomes a street urchin after his father goes to jail and his mother turns senile. He joins the movement and rises in its ranks to participate in the 1916 Easter Rising, including the famous attack on the post office
The woman who walked into doors by Roddy Doyle( Book )

97 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Irish woman's account of marriage to a drinker and a sadist. The novel follows Paula Spencer, housewife and mother, as she struggles to reclaim her dignity. By the author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle( Book )

57 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dublin widow Paula begins her fifth month of sobriety as she raises her two children who are still at home, struggles to make ends meet, attends parent-teacher conferences, and develops a taste for rock music
The guts by Roddy Doyle( Book )

39 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Korean and held by 1,747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author The distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue that are the hallmarks of Roddy Doyle's fiction are on a full display as he reintroduces Jimmy Rabbitte in this follow-up to his beloved debut novel The Commitments. In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as he's now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle-his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam "Outspan" Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood. An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life"--
The Giggler treatment by Roddy Doyle( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A talking dog, the Mack children and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children
The deportees and other stories by Roddy Doyle( Book )

38 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost all of the funny and poignant tales of Roddy Doyle's first-ever collection of stories have one thing in common: Someone born in Ireland meets someone who has come to live there. In "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner," a father who prides himself on his open-mindedness when his daughters talk about sex is forced to confront his feelings when one of them brings home a black man. "New Boy" describes the first day of school for a nine-year-old boy from Africa while in "The Pram," a ghost story, a Polish nanny grows impatient with her charge's older sisters and decides - in a new phrase she has learned - to "scare them shitless." In "57% Irish," a man decides to devise a test of Irishness by measuring reactions to three things: "Riverdance," the song "Danny Boy" and Robbie Keane's goal against Germany in the 2002 World Cup. And in the title story, a sequel, of sorts, to Doyle's very first novel, The Commitments, Jimmy Babbitte decides that it is time to form a new band - a multi-cultural outfit that specializes not in soul music but in the folk songs of Woody Guthrie."--Jacket
Oh, play that thing by Roddy Doyle( Book )

50 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex-IRA assassin Henry journeys between Chicago and New York in his pursuit of his elusive wife and his love for jazz, all the while endeavoring to outmaneuver the death warrant that has followed him across the Atlantic
The dead republic by Roddy Doyle( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After being saved from death by none other than Henry Fonda and engaging in a brief but ill-fated collaboration with legendary director John Ford, Irish rebel Henry Smart ends up settling into a quiet life in a village north of Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boys' school and takes up with a widow O'Kelly (who may be his long-disappeared wife). But a political bombing in Dublin in 1974 puts him in the spotlight, and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out
The commitments by Roddy Doyle( Book )

93 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of working-class Irish youths with a passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding form a rock 'n' roll band and attempt to bring soul to Dublin
The van by Roddy Doyle( Book )

76 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being miserable together. Things seem to look up when they buy a decrepit fish-and-chip van and go into business, selling cheap grub to the drunk and the hungry, and keeping one step ahead of the environmental health officers."
A greyhound of a girl by Roddy Doyle( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure."
Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle( Book )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories set in modern Ireland explores a theme of loss, from a man who remembers his early family life while taking daily prescribed walks to a father who considers the impact of his children's pets
The snapper by Roddy Doyle( Book )

72 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Commitments was praised as one of the freshest and funniest first novels in years. In The Snapper, Doyle has produced another brilliant comedy of everyday life in Dublin. A young single girl who shares a room with her sisters endures pregnancy while her family and the whole town wonder who the father is
The Commitments by Alan Parker( Visual )

85 editions published between 1981 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a young rebel soul band from the Dublin ghetto, and their struggle to make it in the music business
Rover saves Christmas by Roddy Doyle( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Rudolph comes down with the flu, it's up to Rover the dog and the Mack children to help Santa complete his Christmas deliveries
The Barrytown trilogy by Roddy Doyle( Book )

68 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Dutch and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doyle's comic novels, The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, depict the daily life and times of the Rabbitte family in working-class Dublin
Smile : a novel by Roddy Doyle( Book )

18 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A breakout from the Booker-prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle. A psychological suspense novel unlike any he's written before, about how we contend with the past, trauma, guilt and regret, and the uncertainty of memory. Who is unreliable? Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories too--of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But it's the memories of high school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity. Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence--but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly."
Wilderness by Roddy Doyle( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Irish teenager Gráinne anxiously prepares for a reunion with her birth mother, Gráinne's half-brothers and their mother take a dogsledding vacation in Finland
The meanwhile adventures by Roddy Doyle( Book )

22 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Mack has decided to become an inventor but is arrested for a small misunderstanding at the bank (involving a saw inconveniently shaped like a machine gun.) Billie Jean Fleetwood-Mack has disappeared (off on an attempt to become the first woman to circle the globe without telling anyone.) So it's up to the Mack kids Jimmy, Robbie and Kayla (and Rover the jaded wonder-dog) to save their family and the world from bullying prison guards, nasty orphan catchers and an army of ill-mannered slugs
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Audience level: 0.36 (from 0.22 for The Giggle ... to 0.90 for La réécr ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Paddy Clarke, ha-ha-ha
Alternative Names
Doils, Rodijs 1958-

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Roddy Doyle irischer Schriftsteller

Roddy Doyle irländsk författare och manusförfattare

Roddy Doyle irsk skribent og manusforfattar

Roddy Doyle irsk skribent og manusforfatter

Roddy Doyle irsk skribent og manuskriptforfatter

Roddy Doyle pisarz irlandzki

Roddy Doyle scenarioschrijver uit Ierland

Roddy Doyle scrittore e sceneggiatore irlandese

Дойл, Родди

Родді Дойл

דאיל, רודי

דויל, רודי

דויל, רודי 1958-

דויל, רודי, סופר אירי

رادی دویل فیلمنامه‌نویس و نویسنده ایرلندی

رودي دويل مؤلف أيرلندي

도일, 로디 1958-

ドイル, ロディー



A star called HenryThe woman who walked into doorsPaula SpencerThe Giggler treatmentThe deportees and other storiesOh, play that thingThe dead republicThe commitments