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Classic Roddy Doyle: funny, tender, true


Meet Charlie Savage: a middle-aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter, a drinking buddy who’s realized that he’s been a woman all along… Compiled here for the first time is a whole year’s worth of Roddy Doyle’s hilariousseries for the Irish Independent. Giving a unique voice to the everyday, he draws a portrait of a man – funny, loyal, somewhat bewildered – trying to keep pace with the modern world (if his knees don’t give out first).


This portrait of an ordinary man (and one clearly past his best) is by turns hilarious and heartfelt.

Rachel Lloyd, Economist, 1843

A delight from start to finish.

Max Davidson, Mail on Sunday

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

Compiled for the first time in one book, a whole year’s worth of Roddy Doyle’s much-loved weekly column.

Jess O'Sullivan, RTE Guide

More than comedy or insight, this work has tenderness… It does more than tickle our bellies, it warms our hearts.

Niamh Donnelly, Irish Times

Savage is likeable and bumbling and Doyle’s voice is spot on for [this] persona.

Jane Bradley, Scotsman

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    March 19, 2019

    Jonathan Cape

    208 pages

    RRP $29.99

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One of the grandkids wants a tattoo.

–He’s only three, I tell the wife.

–I’m aware of that, she tells me back. –But he still wants one.

–He can’t even say ‘tattoo’, I tell her.

–I know.

–‘Hattoo’ is what he says.

–I know, she says. –It’s sweet.

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