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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017938
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Oh, Play That Thing




In the sequel to A Star Called Henry, our hero becomes entangled in 1920s Chicago and all that comes with it: mobsters, speakeasies and Louis Armstrong.

It's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe.

Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, falls on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies of the Lower East Side. He catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district and soon there are eyes on his back and men in the shadows. It is time to leave, for another America...

Chicago is wild and new, and newest of all is the music.

Furious, wild, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong. His music is everywhere, coming from every open door, every phonograph. But Armstrong is a prisoner of his colour; there are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017938
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

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 Oh, Play That Thing

Sequels often disappoint, but here is one that's every bit as sharp, as surprising and as satisfying as the original'

Guardian

Doyle's performance is, again, extraordinary for the richness of allusion, the facility with which history is dovetailed with invention, the energy of the prose'

Daily Telegraph

Brilliantly imagined...Utterly magnificent, the finest work he has done'

Sunday Tribune

Kicks off at a furious lick and just gets faster, hotter, louder-Hugely, unremittingly entertaining

Scotsman

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