Roddy Doyle

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‘There is nothing wrong with offending people’: Roddy Doyle on getting the band back together
His comic novel The Commitments gave working-class Dublin its voice – and became a hit film. As the stage version returns to theatres, does Doyle still recognise the foul-mouthed young author who wrote it?

Stuart Jeffries

09, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Inside story: the first pandemic novels have arrived, but are we ready for them?
Ali Smith, Sally Rooney, Roddy Doyle … is there anything can we learn from the first Covid-19 books?

Lara Feigel

27, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle review – stories about lockdown and loss
Tender and humorous tales explore our need for connections with others in a world made strange by Covid

Katy Guest

28, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle review – frustrated lives in lockdown
In these emotionally charged short stories, Doyle explores love, resentment and connection through the eye of the pandemic

Stephanie Merritt

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Top 10 books about family life | Stephen Walsh
From parents who meddle in their children’s relationships to ex-wives who loom over second marriages, families in fiction can be just as complicated as they are in real life

Stephen Walsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:24 AM

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Top 10 books about the Irish war of independence | Ciarán McMenamin
Novelist Ciarán McMenamin picks histories and fiction by authors from Frank O’Connor to Roddy Doyle that best reflect the revolutionary conflict a century ago

Ciarán McMenamin

10, Feb, 2021 @12:34 PM

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Top 10 books about football | David F Ross
From Barry Hines’s social realism to Nick Hornby’s account of all-consuming fandom, these are books about far more than sport

David F Ross

03, Feb, 2021 @1:30 PM

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Roddy Doyle on writing The Commitments: 'Whenever I needed a name, I used the phonebook'
The Booker winner and dramatist on writing his much-loved novel while teaching at a secondary school in a Dublin suburb

Roddy Doyle

12, Dec, 2020 @12:30 PM

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Love by Roddy Doyle review – boozy old pals find a twist in the tale
Two fiftysomething Dubliners go on a pub crawl full of surprises

Hephzibah Anderson

19, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Love by Roddy Doyle review – profundity down the pub
Two lives are revealed through one evening’s blunted dialogue, in a skilful if repetitive excavation of the sublime buried in the mundane

Barney Norris

15, Oct, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Top authors hope you’ll give this book away to change young lives
Philip Pullman, Robert Macfarlane and 21 others give backing to literacy charity Room to Read in new anthology the Gifts of Reading

Donna Ferguson

27, Sep, 2020 @8:45 AM

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Rosie review – the heartbreak of homelessness
A family of six are forced on to the street after losing their rented house in a powerful and moving drama written by Roddy Doyle

Peter Bradshaw

07, Mar, 2019 @7:00 AM

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