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'A moving and delightful book' Independent

Ita Doyle: 'In all my life I have lived in tvvo houses, had tvvo jobs, and one husband. I'm a very interesting person.'
RORY AND ITA, Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book, tells -largely in their own words -the story of his parents' lives from their first memories to the present. Born in 1923 and 1925 respectively, they met at a New Year's Eve dance in 1947 and married in 1951. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods -the people (aunts, cousins, shopkeepers, friends, teachers), the politics (both came from Republican families), idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, Rory's apprenticeship as a printer. Ita's mother died when she was three ('the only memory I have is of her hands, doing things'); Rory was the oldest of nine children, five of them girls.
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 ('it wasn't a rural place any more') 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 Rory and Ita Doyle are marvellous talkers, with excellent memories, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, it makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity.

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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

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A moving and delightful book

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    9781407017891

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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    9780099449225

    November 3, 2003

    Vintage

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