Classic Roddy Doyle- funny, tender, true
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van and Smile, two collections of short stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
A delight from start to finish. -- Max Davidson * Mail on
A refreshingly positive take on middle age, it's optimistic, warm-hearted, blokishly moving and written with a master's pin-sharp command of humour... a book that's sure to be picked up and revisited time and time again. * Herald Scotland *
More than comedy or insight, this work has tenderness... It does more than tickle our bellies, it warms our hearts. -- Niamh Donnelly * Irish Times *
Brilliantly funny. Heart-warmingly, vulnerably hilarious in fact. Doyle has crafted Charlie Savage with great care and has imbued him with such depth of character that I can't imagine a reader finishing the book without loving him, just a little... savour every page because Charlie Savage will enrich your life as long as he is in it. -- Ceire Duggan * RTE Guide *
This portrait of an ordinary man (and one clearly past his best) is by turns hilarious and heartfelt. -- Rachel Lloyd * Economist, 1843 *