Roddy Doyle: ‘Winning the Booker was in some ways a pain in the arse’

‘The night I won it I was delighted, such a compliment. But I didn’t like the bulls**t around it’

Roddy Doyle:  ‘When I came home, I was half convinced that I was carrying this plague.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Roddy Doyle: ‘When I came home, I was half convinced that I was carrying this plague.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Roddy Doyle is planning to write a book based on his brother, also named Roderick, who was born two years before him and died. The Booker Prize-winning author said he knew about his brother from a young age but has found that as he got older and since his parents died, “I feel not his presence because I don’t want to be daft about it, but actually his absence”.

He spoke publicly about his brother on Thursday night, in an interview with Irish Times columnist and college friend, Fintan O’Toole as part of The Irish Times Summer Nights Festival.

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