Roddy Doyle

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Roddy DoyleBiographical Sketch

Roddy Doyle (Irish: Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill; born Dalkey/Dublin, Ireland, May 8, 1958) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.

Doyle is the author of ten novels for adults, seven books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991, which won a BAFTA Best Screenplay award. Doyle’s work is set primarily in Ireland, especially working-class Dublin, and is notable for its heavy use of dialogue written in slang and Irish English dialect. Doyle was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. After achieving worldwide critical acclaim, Doyle is now recognized as one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. His idiosyncratic use of language and dialect, in particular, has received a substantial amount of critical and scholarly attention. – In addition to writing, Doyle, along with Seán Love, established a creative writing centre, Fighting Words, which opened in Dublin in January 2009.

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Major Awards and Honors

Man Booker Prize (Great Britain)
  • 1993: “Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha”
Irish PEN Award for Literature
  • 2009
Irish Book Awards
  • 2008: Best Irish Children’s Book (senior) – “Wilderness”
British National Book Awards
  • 1994: Author of the Year
Royal Society of Literature (Great Britain)
  • 2003: Fellow
  • 1991: Best Adapted Screenplay – “The Commitments”



  • The Barrytown Trilogy:
    • The Commitments (1987)
    • The Snapper (1990)
    • The Van (1991)
  • Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha (1993)
  • The Paula Spencer Novels:
    • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996)
    • Paula Spencer (2006)
  • The Last Roundup:
    • A Star Called Henry (1999)
    • Oh, Play That Thing! (2004)
    • The Dead Republic (2010)
Novellas and Short Stories
  • The Child (2004)
    – Stand-alone short story.
  • Mad Weekend (2006)
    – Novella.
  • The Deportees and Other Stories (2007)
    – Collection of short stories.
  • Teaching (2007)
    – Stand-alone short story.
  • The Dog (2007)
    – Stand-alone short story.
  • The Bandstand (2009)
    – Stand-alone short story.
  • Bullfighting (2011)
    – Collection of short stories.
  • Brilliant (2011)
    – Stand-alone short story.
  • Two Pints (2012)
    – Novella.
Compilations and Collaborations
Plays and Screenplays
  • Brownbread (1987)
  • War (1989)
  • Family (1994)
    – Screenplay.
  • When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
    – Screenplay.
  • The Woman Who Walked into Doors (2003)
  • The Playboy of the Western World (2007)
    – Rewrite of the 1907 play by John Millington Synge, with Bisi Adigun.
  • New Boy (2008)
    – Screenplay.
Children’s Fiction
  • Not Just for Christmas (1999)
    – Novella.
  • The Rover Adventures:
    • The Giggler Treatment (2000)
    • Rover Saves Christmas (2002)
    • The Meanwhile Adventures (2004)
  • Wilderness (2007)
  • Her Mother’s Face (2008)
  • A Greyhound of a Girl (2011)
  • Rory and Ita (2002)


A Selection of Quotes

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

“Dreaming was only nice while it lasted.”

Yeats Is Dead!

“She’d tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty.”

Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life

“To claim that music is more important than oxygen would be trite and sentimental. It would also be true.”


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