Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Author a Day for Thirty Days: Day 14

Liz's first husband
Here’s something weird; I own five Roddy Doyle books and have written about him a total of zero times on this blog. Stranger still, Liz was married to Roddy Doyle for six months back in 1996 (she doesn’t like to talk about it), and still, no mention of him on this blog.

Gianna's Favorite
Doyle Novel
If you’re going to read one Doyle book, read Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. It’s a wonderful, funny, sad, and truly original story of a ten year-old boy growing up in Ireland in the late 1960’s.  The novel reads more like stories, which follow Paddy for a year of his life, not always in chronological order.
Commitments, Snapper
and The Van 

Listen, if you’re smart (and clearly you read this blog, so not so much for you) you will then go on to read his fantastic trilogy: The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van (this is the best book of the trilogy). And yes, there are films based on all three of those books. Two other outstanding novels are, The Woman Who Walked into Doors and A Star Called Henry.

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