Rory and Ita, Paperback
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Ita Doyle: 'In all my life I have lived in two houses, had two jobs, and one husband.

I'm a very interesting person' Rory & Ita, Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book, tells - largely in their own words - the story of his parents' lives.

They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods - the people, the politics, idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, Rory's apprenticeship as a printer.

By the time they put down a deposit of two hundred pounds for a house in Kilbarrack, Rory was working as a compositor at the Irish Independent.

By the time the first of their four children was born he'd become a teacher, at the School of Printing in Dublin.

Kilbarrack began to change, and Ireland too. Through their eyes we see the intensely Catholic society of their youth being transformed into the vibrant, modern Ireland of today.

Both are marvellous talkers, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, Rory & Ita makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780099449225



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I love Roddy Doyle's work, so I was quick to pick up this very personal narrative of the lives of his parents. Probably the most challenging thing for the success of this book is that it is very different from his fiction in style and tone. But what Doyle fans will find is a vivid storytelling, insight into the nobility of everyday lives, and a sweet Irish sensibility -- not the Ireland of myth but of regular people living regular lives in an enigmatic culture. give it a try. It won't leave you laughing like The Van, or cheering for unlikely heroes like Paula Spencer or Henry Smart. But you will enjoy this real world tale.