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Roddy Doyle ( , born 8 May 1958 in Dublinmarker) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. He won the Booker Prize in 1993.

Doyle grew up in Killineymarker, Dublinmarker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublinmarker. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. During this period, one of his pupils was Enda Walsh.

He established a creative writing centre, Fighting Words, which opened in Dublin in January 2009. It was inspired by a visit to his friend Dave Eggers' 826 Valencia project in San Francisco. Fighting Words is open to students of all ages, and a core principle is that all tutoring in creative writing is provided free.



  • The Barrytown Trilogy:
    • The Commitments (1987, film 1991) — A group of Dublin teenagers, led by Jimmy Rabbitte Jr., decide to form a soul band in the tradition of James Brown.
    • The Snapper (1990, film 1993) — Jimmy's sister, Sharon, becomes pregnant. She is determined to have the child but refuses to reveal the father's identity to her family.
    • The Van (1991, shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize; film 1997) — Jimmy Sr. is laid off, as is his friend Bimbo. Bimbo buys a used fish and chips van and the two go into business for themselves.
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993, winner of the 1993 Booker Prize) — The world as described, understood and misunderstood by a ten-year-old Dubliner.
  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors (1996) — A story of a battered wife, narrated by the victim; despite her husband's increasingly violent behaviour, she defends him, using the classic excuse "I walked into a door" to explain her bruises.
  • The Last Roundup:
    • A Star Called Henry (1999) — The story of Henry Smart, an IRA assassin and 1916 Easter Rebellion fighter, from his birth in Dublin to his adulthood when he becomes the father of a young rebel.
    • Oh, Play That Thing! (2004) — Henry Smart's adventures in 1924 America, specifically the Lower East Side of New York Citymarker, where he catches the attention of local mobsters by hiring kids to carry his sandwich boards.
  • Paula Spencer (2006) — Ten years after The Woman Who Walked into Doors, its protagonist returns.

Short stories

  • "Recuperation" — The New Yorker, 15 December 2003.
  • "The Slave" — Middle-aged man reads Cold Mountain and obsesses over a dead rat.
  • "Home to Harlem" — A quarter-black Irish student researches his paper idea in Harlem and looks for relatives. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #16.
  • "New Boy"- A Rwandan refugee's first day at his new Irish school. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #18.
  • "Teaching" — Reflections of a spent, alcoholic teacher. The New Yorker, 2 April 2007.
  • "Black Hoodie" — Three students conduct an experiment on racial profiling by store security. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #23, May 2007.
  • "The Dog" — A man ponders the gradual erosion of his marriage. New Yorker, 5 November 2007.
  • The Deportees — A short-story collection published in early 2008.
  • "Bullfighting" — Four middle-aged friends from Ireland take a week's vacation in Spain and reflect on life. New Yorker, 28 April 2008 [59325]
  • "The Child" — An insomniac is constantly plagued by intrusive visions of a boy. McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, 2004.
  • "Sleep" — A man admires his wife while she is sleeping, reflecting also on his life with her. The New Yorker, 20 Oct 2008, The Sunday Times, 15th Feb 2009 ( online text)
  • "The Bandstand" - a work in progress being published in monthly installments in Dublin immigrant magazine Metro Eireann.,2


  • Rory and Ita — About Doyle's parents.


Television screenplay

  • Family (1994) — BBC serial which was the forerunner of the 1996 novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.


  • When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) — An amusing, light-hearted tale of romance between a timid schoolteacher (Brendan) and a spunky thief (Trudy).
  • "New Boy" (2008) -- Academy Award winning short film directed by Steph Green based on Doyle short story of same name.

Children's books

  • Not Just for Christmas (1999)
  • The Giggler Treatment (2000)
  • Rover Saves Christmas (2001)
  • The Meanwhile Adventures (2004)
  • Wilderness (2007)
  • Her Mother's Face (2008)

Research work about the author

  • An Indecency Decently Put: Roddy Doyle and Contemporary Irish Fiction, by Niall McArdle (M.A. thesis, 1994, University College, Dublin)
  • La réécriture de l'histoire dans les Romans de Roddy Doyle, Dermot Bolger et Patrick McCabe by Alain Mouchel-Vallon (PhD thesis, 2005, Reims University, France). [59326]

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