That is Roddy Doyle and he is one of my favourite authors. Like many people, I first heard of him back in 1991 when the film of The Commitments came out – I read the book which I loved and then read the other two books in the Barrytown Trilogy. I also saw and loved the film adaptations of those two books too not least because The Snapper introduced me to Lick the Tins’ version of Can’t Help Falling in Love.*
Anyway I’ve read a lot of his books but I haven’t read all of them and then this evening I read that he has a new book out later on the year so I thought what better time to set myself the minisucle reading challenge of reading those Roddy Doyle books that I haven’t read for a variety of reason e.g. my copy of The Woman Who Walked Into Doors got destroyed by a leaking sink, I’m not that big a fan of jazz so Oh, Play That Thing! never really appealed to me etc, etc…
So yes once I’ve finished the book I’m on at the moment – the latest Stav Sherez book – you should give him a go as he’s rather bloody good – then I will begin working my way through the unread titles of the Doyle oeuvre and give my views on each of the ones I’ve put off reading until now.
My Kindle has been loaded up with the books and first up will be the aforementioned The Woman Who Walked Into Doors – my review will be up next week – I swear it’s true!!!
In the meantime you should all go and read or watch The Commitments,The Snapper and The Van – you won’t regret it.
In my challenge I will be reading the following titles:
The Woman Who Walked into Doors (1996)
Paula Spencer (2006)
Oh, Play That Thing! (2004)
The Dead Republic (2010)
Rory and Ita (2002)
The Deportees and Other Stories (2007)
Two Pints (2012) and Two More Pints (2014)
I hope you’ve all been well – it’s been a long time since I blogged – I’m so rubbish and I’m sorry.
* Never seen Some Kind of Wonderful – sorry.