Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958.
His novels are The Commitments, (originally published in Dublin by King Farouk, thereafter London, Secker & Warburg, 1987); The Snapper (Secker & Warburg, 1990); The Van (Secker & Warburg, 1991), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Barrytown Trilogy [The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van] (Secker & Warburg,1992); Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha (Secker & Warburg, 1993), which won the 1993 Booker Prize; The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (Secker & Warburg,1996); A Star Called Henry (Secker & Warburg,1999); Oh, Play that Thing (Londo.n, Jonathan Cape, 2004); Paula Spencer (Jonathan Cape, 2006); The Dead Republic (Jonathan Cape, 2010); Two Pints (Jonathan Cape, 2012); and
The Gut (Jonathan Cape, 2013).
His short stories are collected as The Deportees (Jonathan Cape, 2007); and Bullfighting (Jonathan Cape, 2011).
His drama includes Brownbread (Dublin, The Passion Machine, 1987); War, (The Passion Machine, 1989) ; Guess Who’s Coming to the Dinner (Dublin Theatre Festival, Calypso Productions, 2001) ; and with Bisi Adigun, a new version of The Playboy of the Western World (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2007).
His TV series, The Family was written for BBC TV. He has also written the scripts for films based on his novels, including The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, and an original screenplay, When Brendan Met Trudy (aka as Stolen Nights, UK/Ireland, directed by Kieron J. Walsh, 2000).
His books for children include The Giggler Treatment (London, Scholastic Press, 2000); Rover Saves Christmas (Scholastic, 2002); The Meanwhile Adventures (Scolastic Press, 2004); and Wilderness (Scholastic, 2007). His play for children is No Messin’ With The Monkeys! (Dublin, The Ark, 2005)
His awards include The Man Booker Prize in 1993, and an Honorary Doctorate (D Phil) from Dublin City University, 1998.
He lives in Dublin.