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An historical novel like none before it, A Star Called Henry marks a new chapter in Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle's writing. It is a vastly more ambitious book than any he has previously written. A subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism, at its centre a passionate love story, this new novel is a triumphant work of fiction.

Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, charming, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At fourteen, already six foot two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian, and, soon, a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike, a lover.

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About the Author

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His first novel, The Commitments, was published to great acclaim in 1987 and was made into a very successful film by Alan Parker in 1991. The Snapper was published in 1990 and has also been made into a film, directed by Stephen Frears. His third novel, The Van, was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize. Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha won the 1993 Booker Prize. His most recent novel is The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. He lives in Dublin.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780676976847
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Doyle, Roddy
Subject:
fiction;ireland;irish;novel;historical fiction;dublin;history;irish fiction;war;poverty;historical;easter rising;literature;20th century;irish literature;politics;coming of age;revolution;doyle;literary fiction;1910s;easter uprising;1920s;20th century fic
Subject:
fiction;ireland;irish;novel;historical fiction;dublin;history;irish fiction;war;poverty;historical;easter rising;literature;20th century;irish literature;politics;coming of age;revolution;doyle;literary fiction;1910s;easter uprising;1920s;20th century fic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040803
Binding:
Undefined
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.96 x 5.13 x .79 in .64 lb

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