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Doyle, Roddy. A STAR CALLED HENRY - Jonathan Cape 1999

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A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle. 1999 - 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 novel, A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle, published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape.

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Title A Star Called Henry
Author Roddy Doyle
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1999
ISBN 0224060198
Cover Price 16.99
No. Pages 342
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.74

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

The book has black boards and silver 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 small indentations to the surface.

Overall a fine copy of a novel 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.

Synopsis of this title

A historical novel marking a new turn in Doyle's writing. Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. He eventually becomes a Fenian, a rebel, a republican legend - one of Michael Collins's boys, an assassin on a stolen bike.

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quotesHenry Smart is exceptional. Born in a Dublin slum in 1901, he is the healthiest baby anyone there has ever seen. His father, a one-legged brothel bouncer and hitman for the shadowy Alfie Gandon, disappears while Henry is still an infant; his teenage mother goes slowly mad. At age five, Henry is fending for himself; at 14, and measuring over six foot, he is the youngest combatant in the 1916 Easter Rising. By the novel's end, he has played a starring role in Ireland's wars of independence. He is 20 and disillusioned with revolution. Part mystery, part love story, part historical intervention, A Star Called Henry adds new dimensions to Doyle's trademark wit and narrative drive. Much attention will focus on his less-than-reverent treatment of the myths of Irish republicanism, but more surprising (though perhaps not unconnected) is the novels's creation of an old-fashioned action hero, one who gets the girl and all the best lines besides. If you like a man who claims 'I'd never paid for a ride before in my life', you'll love Henry Smart. (Kirkus UK)

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