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  • Published: 8 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448182428
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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The Guts




Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in a new novel by Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle



Longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Longlisted for the 2015 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Jimmy Rabbitte is back.

The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ... and bowel cancer. He isn’t dying, he thinks, but he might be.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments – Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever.

This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life.

Includes the short story Jimmy Jazz

  • Pub date: 8 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448182428
  • 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 thirteen 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 Guts

“A visceral tragicomedy – as raw and as funny as anything [Doyle’s] written.”

Olivia Cole

“Remarkable, relevant and, surprisingly for a book that’s ostensibly about cancer, joyful.”

Kevin Maher, The Times

“Life-affirming and trimphant”

Irish Post

“A fond, comic treat.”

Sunday Times

“This is Doyle back in Barrytown and on top form, especially at the festival which closes a glorious book.”

Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail

“The Guts has life, and heart, and jokes.”

Theo Tait, Guardian

“The novel is probably the most contemplative that Doyle has written — as a meditation on the importance of family, it is at times almost unbearably moving.”

Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

“Bright, jokey, wry and robust.”

Patricia Craig, Independent

“Unchanged is Doyle’s miraculous ability to serve up dialogue that fizzes with great, often quite rude jokes – but never at the expense of the emotions lying behind them.”

Reader's Digest

“As one does with old friends, you leap right back into the conversation as if you’ve never been apart... It’s got a bittersweet humour all its own.”

Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star

“The novel is rich in sentiment and episodes conveying sentiment.”

Philip Marchand, National Post

“Smart, sly, raucous, outrageous and tender The Guts will have you cheering for Jimmy and his family and if you’re not already a fan of Doyle’s writing will surely make you one.”

Janet Somerville

“The biggest joy is Doyle's deftness with dialogue.”

Sue Conley, Herald.ie

“In The Guts, Doyle returns once more to those themes he has always written about so singularly: love and family. Doyle has never written anything that is not about love and its transformational power.”

Gabriel Byrne, Irish Times

“A big-hearted novel of family life in which bad things ultimately happen to other people.”

Anthony Cummins, Metro

“As ever with Doyle, there’s wit, warmth and exuberant swearing found in even the toughest of situations.”

Sport

“Jimmy Rabbitte is 47 and potentially facing death, but ready to have a good time before doing it.”

Sunday Business Post

“What it has…is a melancholy wisdom, and some moments of heartbreaking poignancy.”

Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday

“Doyle conjures up a genuine tenderness, empathy and humanity when he writes about family life.”

JP O'Malley, Observer

“A warm, rude and occasionally tender novel about friendship, family and facing death.”

Olaf Tyaransan, Hot Press

“This is a bitter-sweet novel: a state-of-the-nation, state-of-the-age recession appraisal, and a loving portrayal of an imperfect, foul-mouthed, unstoppable, loving and lovable old bastard… [Doyle] packs more emotion into a simple ‘yeah’, or an ‘I know’ than many writers do into entire poetic speeches.”

Bookmunch

“Think it's clear from The Guts that Roddy Doyle has written this one from the guts: it's frank and funny, it's about things that matter (love and family and friendship), and it crackles with feisty Dublin dialect and richly comic exchanges.”

Reading Matters

“Warm, funny novel.”

Sunday World

“Lachyrymachismo. The art of being weepy and tough at the same time. This book has it in spades. Or rather buckets.”

Private Eye

“The great thing about Roddy Doyle is his ear for the demotic… The Guts is a good read.”

Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard

“Doyle explores post-boom Ireland with gusto.”

Claire Coughlan, Sunday Independent, Ireland

“Unsurprisingly, every bit as good as the original [The Commitments], Doyle is one of those rare writers who never disappoints”

Socialist Unity

“Wise, wistful and poignant.”

Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

“Bittersweet.”

Justine Taylor, Guardian Online

“Long-awaited sequel.”

Mark Perryman, Huffington Post

“Doyle’s ear for dialogue is as acute as ever and there’s a lot of amusing asides about contemporary life in this revisiting of much-loved characters.”

Irish Independent

“A book full of Doyle's dark humour mixed with melancholy and wonderful moments of sheer madness.”

Good Book Guide

“The feat of The Guts is Doyle’s ability to create in Jimmy a character who hangs together even while so many of his certainties have collapsed. And to get a few good jokes in as well.”

Mark Athitakis, Washington Post

“The feat of The Guts is Doyle’s ability to create in Jimmy a character who hangs together even while so many of his certainties have collapsed. And to get a few good jokes in as well.”

Mark Athitakis, Washington Post


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