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The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

Another great early chapter book with nice big print and lots of pictures to encourage the new or reluctant reader to give it a go. 209 more words

Book Review

My favourite books of 2017

I always love this time of year. It’s not only a chance to put my feet up (and read a few extra books), it’s also when I look back over my reading year to choose the 10 books that made the biggest impression on me. 525 more words

Books Of The Year

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

“I knew before he spoke.”
The first paragraph in this heartbreaking novel by Doyle brings us immediately into a state of anxiety, a tension that underlies the whole book. 745 more words

Sarah Leamy

'Smile' by Roddy Doyle

Fiction – Kindle edition; Jonathan Cape; 224 pages; 2017. Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

If I had to choose a favourite book for 2017, I’m pretty sure it would be this one. 651 more words

Book Review

'The Commitments' and Meeting Roddy Doyle (almost...)

For someone who knows next to nothing about soul music, The Commitments still manages to hold remarkable appeal. This is even more impressive when you take into account that you can’t even hear the music being played, with whole pages often  devoted merely to copied out versions of the lyrics, or instrumental “Thu- Cudadung Cudadung Cudadung -“. 548 more words


The Snapper

Sometimes all you want from a book is a little relief. Work can suck up a lot of energy, even if you like it. And life itself can be full of commitments and surprises. 699 more words

Books & Literature

In Your Head, They're Still Fighting

The Dead Republic
Roddy Doyle

My mother, encouraging my verbal side, stored my first grade writing assignments in the box my school uniform came in.  They’re in my basement now, but one’s missing. 1,193 more words