Roddy Doyle

A Gemma Open Door book
Danny Murphy is going to meet his brother, Jimmy. They haven’t seen each other in more than twenty years, and Danny is nervous. On the way to the pub, Danny begins to remember the good times and the bad times, the humor, the fights and the pivotal argument that finally drove them apart. Can they turn back the clock and become the pals they used to be? Or does bad blood go on? Danny doesn’t know. From the bestselling author and screenwriter comes a story about family, jealousy, passion and redemption. Written in Roddy Doyle’s distinctive, intimate style, here is a poignant observation of ordinary lives by a writer at his best.
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Roddy Doyle’s Barrytone Trilogy — The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van— have been made into major motion pictures. He won the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha. Among his other books are The Woman Who Walked into Doors, A Star Called Henry, Paul Spencer and The Deportees. Roddy Doyle lives in Dublin.
Not Just for Christmas
Roddy Doyle
Paper, 92 pages
Reading level: 2.9