In an eye-catching pairing, Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle is to partner with ex-footballer Roy Keane to write the sportsman's memoir.
Keane is set for his second book eleven years on from his first with Eamon Dunphy and is set for release this autumn and will blend “memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's own original voice”.
Alan Samson, publisher non-fiction at the Orion Publishing Group, bought world rights to The Second Half from Keane and is looking forward to the book.
“I believe The Second Half will become a benchmark for sports autobiography," Samson said.
"The combination of an outstanding player - and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy’s extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year.”
Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich, and is now the assistant manager to the Ireland team.
Doyle has said that Keane has left a big impact on him and is eagerly looking forward to the project.
“Ten years ago I was buying something in a shop in New York and I handed my credit card to the young African man behind the counter. He read ‘Bank of Ireland’ on the card, looked at me and said: ‘Ireland – Roy Keane.’ I’m delighted to be writing this book with Roy.”
An earlier memoir Keane: The Autobiography, co-written with Eamon Dunphy, was released by Michael Joseph in 2002, and resulted in controversy, not to mention a hefty fine for Keane when he revealed he set out to hurt Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001
“I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience," Keane said.
Doyle's works include The Commitments (Vintage), Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Vintage), which won the Man Booker Prize in 1993, A Star Called Henry (Vintage) and The Guts (Viking Books).