The bittersweet story of a boy growing up in north Dublin, winner of the Booker Prize
Paddy Clarke is ten years old. Paddy Clarke lights fires. Paddy Clarke's name is written in wet cement all over Barrytown, north Dublin. Paddy Clarke's heroes are Father Damien (and the lepers), Geronimo and George Best. Paddy Clarke has a brother called Francis, but Paddy calls him Sinbad and hates him because that's the rule. Paddy Clarke knows the exact moment to knock a dead scab from his knee. Paddy Clarke loves his Ma and Da, but it seems like they don't love each other, and Paddy's world is falling apart.
About The Author
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of seven acclaimed novels and Rory and Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
"Truthful, hilarious, painfully sad" Spectator "Gloriously triumphant...confirms Doyle as the best novelist of his generation" Literary Review "It is 1968. Paddy Clarke is ten years old, breathless with discovery. He reads with a child's voraciousness, collecting facts the way adults collect grey hairs and parking tickets. Doyle captures the speech patterns of childhood brilliantly, the weird logic of the incessant questions, the non-sequiturs and wonderments... Like all great comic writers, Roddy Doyle has become an explorer of the deepest places of the heart, of love and pain and loss. This is one of the most compelling novels I've read in ages, a triumph of style and perception" Irish Times "Extraordinary technical achievement and emotional force" -- Gillian Beer "One of the truest and funniest presentations of juvenile experience in any recent literature" -- Mick Imlah Independent
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.8 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.21