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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Doyle trilogy named as One Book festival's bumper read

Published 20/08/2014 | 00:00

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The 'Dublin: One City One Book 2015' festival has named Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy, compromising The 
Commitments, The Snapper and The Van as the One Book Choice for next year.

The trilogy focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Rabbitte family, from the rise and fall of Jimmy Rabbitte's soul band to speculation about Sharon Rabbitte's pregnancy to Jimmy Rabbitte Snr's attempt to cash in on the 1990 World Cup.

All three books were made into successful feature films and The Commitments is 
now a popular West End stage show.

The festival encourages people to read a book connected to the capital city during the month of April each year.

"When I wrote the books I hoped that the city would come up off the page, like a character. When the characters spoke, Dublin spoke," said Doyle.

"So 28 years after I started writing the novels that make up the trilogy, I'm delighted and proud that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015."

Previous books selected for Dublin One City One Book include At Swim Two Birds by Flann O' Brien, Dracula by Bram Stoker and Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor.

The festival is about bringing Dublin's literature to a wider audience, said Dublin City 
Librarian Margaret Hayes.

Irish Independent

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