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A collection of sublimely funny dialogues inspired by a year’s worth of news.

Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss… They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids’ pets, their football teams and – this being Ireland in 2011–12 –about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen’s visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gaddafi (he’s working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders ( whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like ‘Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?’

Inspired by a year’s worth of news, Two Pints distils the essence of Roddy Doyle’s comic genius. This book shares the concision of a collection of poems, and the timing of a virtuoso comedian.

Reviews

It deploys obscenity with nothing short of comic genius

Tom Sutcliffe, Independent

It’s so funny that I could read it over and over, and it will probably end up in the smallest room (really it’s that good).

Kate Saunders, SAGA

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780224097819

    November 1, 2012

    Jonathan Cape

    96 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook

    9781448161270

    November 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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Also by Roddy Doyle

Smile
Two More Pints
The Guts
Jimmy Jazz
The Barrytown Trilogy
Bullfighting
The Dead Republic
The Deportees
Paula Spencer
Oh, Play That Thing
Rory & Ita
A Star Called Henry
The Snapper
The Van
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
The Commitments

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The Girl on the Train
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Golden House
The Golden Age
Smile
The Girls
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Mistress
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
Ready Player One