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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 $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781448161270

    November 1, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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