He studies at University College of Dublin between 1976 and 1980. He teaches English and Geography at the Greendale Community School in Kilbarrack, Dublin North. His first work, Brownbread, is produced in Dublin in 1987. He's one of the most important and famous modern Irish writers, particularly famous for the splendid comic descriptions of the life in Dublin North.
The Commitments, 1986
Set in the poor quarters of Barrytown in Dublin North he tells vicissitudes, successes and failures of a young band "charged" with carrying soul music in Ireland, the whole told with extreme vivacity of dialogues and situations. In 1991 the English director Alan Parker adapted from this novel a successful movie to whose screenplay has collaborated Doyle himself.
Paddy Clarke Ha ha ha, 1993
Number one among Bestsellers of New York Times and winner of the Booker Prize in 1993. It tells the story of Padraic Clarke, an adventurous ten years old child who happens live with his parents who are divorcing.
The snapper, 1990
Second chapter of the Barrytown Trilogy, it narrates the pregnancy of the protagonist Sharon Rabbitte and gossip that this provokes among her neighbours.
The van, 1991
Third chapter of the trilogy; here Sharon's father, after having been fired, decides to open with a friend, a small kiosk for hamburgers and chips.
A star called Henry, 1999
First volume of a plan to realise a historical trilogy titled The Last Roundup. It tells the story of Henry Smart, soldier during the Easter uprising in 1916, who becomes an assassin for IRA.
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