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Book Club with Roddy Doyle

Guardian Live

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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Standard ticket 17 Apr 2019 £20.00 £1.51
Concessions   more info 17 Apr 2019 £18.00 £1.42
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Join us for an evening with Man Booker-winning author Roddy Doyle, to discuss his book The Commitments.

The first in The Barrytown Trilogy, the book follows two friends as they form a band to bring soul music to their hometown of Barrytown, Doyle’s reimagined Dublin. As Derek Scully and “Outspan” Foster attempt to navigate the cutthroat world of music, tensions and romantic rivalries unravel between members of the band, particularly after they find modest fame. In 1991, The Commitments was adapted into a film, for which Doyle was a screenwriter, and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, and won four BAFTAs.

Doyle is the author of 11 novels for adults and eight for children, as well as a number of plays, short stories and screenplays. His 1993 novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Man Booker Prize that year, and his novel The Van, the third in The Barrytown Trilogy, was shortlisted for the Booker in 1991.

Hosted by John Mullan, professor of English Literature at UCL, the Guardian’s Book Club is a regular event series where we talk to an author about their best-known novel. (Spoiler alert: because it’s a book club, we may discuss the ending…)

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email 

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

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