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The bittersweet story of a boy growing up in north Dublin, winner of the Booker Prize

Paddy Clarke is ten years old. Paddy Clarke lights fires. Paddy Clarke's name is written in wet cement all over Barrytown, north Dublin. Paddy Clarke's heroes are Father Damien (and the lepers), Geronimo and George Best. Paddy Clarke has a brother called Francis, but Paddy calls him Sinbad and hates him because that's the rule. Paddy Clarke knows the exact moment to knock a dead scab from his knee. Paddy Clarke loves his Ma and Da, but it seems like they don't love each other, and Paddy's world is falling apart.

Reviews

Truthful, hilarious, painfully sad

Spectator

Gloriously triumphant...confirms Doyle as the best novelist of his generation

Literary Review

It is 1968. Paddy Clarke is ten years old, breathless with discovery. He reads with a child's voraciousness, collecting facts the way adults collect grey hairs and parking tickets. Doyle captures the speech patterns of childhood brilliantly, the weird logic of the incessant questions, the non-sequiturs and wonderments... Like all great comic writers, Roddy Doyle has become an explorer of the deepest places of the heart, of love and pain and loss. This is one of the most compelling novels I've read in ages, a triumph of style and perception

Irish Times

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  • Paperback

    9780099530398

    October 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
    Roddy Doyle

    Paperback

    9780749397357

    May 1, 1996

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409021308

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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