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Roddy Doyle

One of Ireland’s best-loved writers makes his first appearance at the Irish Literary Society.


Doyle joins us in conversation on his books, films, educational work and his forthcoming novel, Smile. It tells the captivating story of Victor Forde, for whom a chance meeting in a pub conjures up long-buried childhood memories – and it’s a book about how we all struggle to accommodate our past selves.

A chance meeting with an old school friend leads his protagonist on a journey back to being taught by Christian Brothers. Smile has all the features for which Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood – but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s pub for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories too – of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor’s own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio. But it’s the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.


Speaker(s):

Roddy Doyle | talks

 

Date and Time:

29 January 2018 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Irish Literary Society
Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3NN
07906435121
http://www.irishlitsoc.org

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Tickets:

10

Available from:

http://irishlitsoc.org/event/roddy-doyle-29-jan/

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