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Rory and Ita by Roddy Doyle. 2002 - Jonathan Cape. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the biography, Rory and Ita by Roddy Doyle, published in 2002 by Jonathan Cape.

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Title Rory and Ita
Author Roddy Doyle
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2002
ISBN 0224069233
Cover Price 16.99
No. Pages 338
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.59

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £16.99. It has minor wear to the upper edge.

Overall a fine copy of a biography by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle was born in 1958.  He attended St. Fintan's Christian Brothers School in Sutton and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and continued his education at University College, Dublin.  He worked for fourteen years as an English and Geography teacher at Greendale Community School, in Kilbarrack,  North Dublin.  Since 1993 he has been dedicated to writing full-time.  He is married to Belinda and has two sons, Rory and Jack.

"Roddy Doyle achieved widespread recognition when his novel The Commitments (1987) was made into a motion picture in 1991.  Doyle's novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Booker Prize, Britain's highest literary award in 1993.

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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 and Ita, Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book, tells - largely in their own words - the story of his parents' lives from their first memories to the present. Born in 1923 and 1925 respectively, they met at a New Year's Eve dance in 1947 and married in 1951. They remember every detail of their Dublin childhoods - the people (aunts, cousins, shopkeepers, friends, teachers), the politics (both came from Republican families), idyllic times in the Wexford countryside for Ita, Rory's apprenticeship as a printer. Ita's mother died when she was three ('the only memory I have is of her hands, doing things'); Rory was the oldest of nine children, five of them girls. 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 ('it wasn't a rural place any more') 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 Rory and Ita Doyle are marvellous talkers, with excellent memories, so combined with Roddy Doyle's legendary skill in illuminating ordinary experience, it makes for a book of tremendous warmth and humanity.

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Rory and Ita Doyle are Roddy Doyle's parents, a remarkable pair whose memories make up almost the entirety of this book, veteran Irish novelist Roddy Doyle's first work of non-fiction. Roddy's only address to the reader is in the short, paragraph-long preface. The remainder of the book is essentially a verbatim account of his parents' lives, recounted in the first person in turn and supplemented by footnotes where necessary. It may not sound like much, but this is one of the liveliest biographies published this year. The evidence on the page suggests that Rory and Ita are formidable raconteurs with prodigious memories. In every detail, whether it's the cut of the clothes they wore as children in Terenure or the midges that bit them in Bayside, their stories are rich with detail and wholehearted emotion. Broadly speaking, Ita tells mainly of family and neighbours whereas Rory remembers their lives together, his career as a printer, teacher and organizational executive, and the changing political lie of the land. Every page is a revelation, tender and in good humour. Heartbreaking moments, like the loss of their prematurely born baby, bump elbows with instances of near-surreal hilarity. Together they span about 80 years of personal history set against an Ireland just coming into itself. It has been a good life for both of them, and Roddy Doyle aims to celebrate that goodness. After a spell in hospital following a heart attack, a priest asks Rory if he'd like to take confession. He replies, 'No. At this stage in my life, all the sins I'd like to commit, I've neither the money nor the inclination for.' Together, the Doyles make this book a joy to read, and a remarkable tribute to ordinary virtues. (Kirkus UK)

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