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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017853
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

A Star Called Henry




A new edition to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. With an introduction by Roy Foster.

A new edition to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. With an introduction by Roy Foster.

Born in the Dublin slums of 1901, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing and begging, often cold and always hungry, but a prince of the streets. By Easter Monday, 1916, he's fourteen years old and already six-foot-two, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian and a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a Republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017853
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Roddy Doyle

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.

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Praise for A Star Called Henry

This is really a masterpiece

Irish Times

This is Ireland's most famous living writer tackling one of the most crucial periods in its history... A Star Called Henry has all the hallmarks of the start of a major literary portrayal of a national experience

Guardian

A vibrant work of fiction - In Doyle's ambidextrous hands, the making of modern Ireland gets a vigorous and illuminating run-down

Independent

The energy and full-blooded dialogue of Doyle's creations are as much in evidence here as in the best of his previous work- A Star Called Henry is billed as Volume One of The Last Roundup. It is an exhilarating beginning

Daily Telegraph

Doyle just gets better and better... This is history evoked on an intimate, and yet earth-shaking scale, with a driving narrative that never falters. Maybe the Great American Novel remains to be written, but on the evidence of its first instalment - this is the epic Irish one, created at a high pitch of eloquence

Publisher's Weekly

Astonishing.... Narrated with a splendor, wit, and excitement that lift Doyle's writing to a new level

New York Times Book Review

Marvellous...bloody brilliant

Toronto Star

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