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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017891
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Rory & Ita




'A moving and delightful book' Independent

Ita Doyle: 'In all my life I have lived in two houses, had two jobs, and one husband. I'm a very interesting person'

Rory & Ita, Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book, tells - largely in their own words - the story of his parents' lives. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods - the people, the politics, idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, Rory's apprenticeship as a printer. By the time they put down a deposit of two hundred pounds for a house in Kilbarrack, Rory was working as a compositor at the Irish Independent. By the time the first of their four children was born he'd become a teacher, at the School of Printing in Dublin. Kilbarrack began to change, and Ireland too. Through their eyes we see the intensely Catholic society of their youth being transformed into the vibrant, modern Ireland of today.

Both are marvellous talkers, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, Rory & Ita makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017891
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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 Rory & Ita

an intriguing example of narrative and memory in action: as they misremember, interrupt and contradict one another, the details of the elderly couple s lives are almost secondary to the way in which their personalities slowly reveal themselves

The Observer

A moving and delightful book

Independent

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