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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407051796
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Dead Republic

A magnificent, epic novel that explores the history of modern Ireland - the sequel to the bestselling A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing.

We last saw Henry Smart, his leg severed in an accident with a railway boxcar, crawl into the Utah desert to die - only to be discovered by John Ford, who's there shooting his latest Western.

The Dead Republic opens in 1951. Henry is returning to Ireland for the first time since his escape in 1922. With him are the stars of Ford's latest film, John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and the famous director himself, who has tried to suck the soul out of Henry and turn it into Hollywood gold-dust.

Ten years later Henry is in Dublin, working in Ratheen as a school caretaker. When he is caught in a bomb blast, he loses his leg for the second time. He is claimed as a hero, and before long Henry will discover he has other uses too, when the peace process begins in deadly secrecy...

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407051796
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

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 The Dead Republic

Trust Roddy Doyle on this one. Go with the story. It's magnificent

Financial Times

Doyle's essentially triumphant new novel is the concluding part of The Last Roundup, the largest in scope and scale, and in literary terms the most significant, of his series

Times Literary Supplement

Doyle's tenth novel might be called The Dead Republic, but its vision of what Smart calls "the green thing" is as alive as any he has given us

Independent on Sunday

Doyle remains a master stylist, writing sentences that hit you like a slap in the face

Irish Times

Doyle retains his canny and surprising eye, his gift for the corporeal


Over the course of three books, Henry Smart has proved to be Doyle's most memorable fictional creation

Sunday Times

Its overview of the twists and turns of Irish history is brilliant

Mail on Sunday

Told with pace and verve and bitter, black humour. There is lovely, brutal detail, as well as a grand swoop over the timeline of Ireland and America, just like the kind of film they just don't make anymore . . . Yes, you do have to suspend disbelief, quite often, but Henry is so compelling, his story so powerful, that it's worth it

Financial Times

The many faces of Henry Smart, hero and killer, thug and family-loving man, liar, chancer and man of honour, embody the history and the identity alike.

Paul Dunn, The Times

Bizzare, brave, elegiac and funny, Doyle's reimagining of Ireland Inc stands as both indictment and celebration

Arminta Wallace, Irish Times

This is Ireland's most famous living writer tackling one of the most crucial periods in history


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