22 – 28 October


What’s Not to Love? with Roddy Doyle

Friday, 23 Oct

“With each new novel, Roddy Doyle’s work grows deeper and more contemplative. Love is a profound examination of friendship, romantic confusion and mortality.” John Boyne

Roddy Doyle was a guest at the first ILFDublin in 1998, and it’s an honour to have him back for his eighth appearance with his new book, a masterful novel about coming-of-age and finding love. One summer’s evening, two men meet up in a Dublin restaurant. Old friends, now married and with grown-up children, their lives have taken seemingly similar paths. As the ghosts of Dublin entwine around them, they discover that neither is the man he used to be. Selected by both the Times and the Guardian as a must-read for autumn, Love is full of smart, sharp dialogue and compassion. One of Ireland's best-loved writers, Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van and Smile, two collections of short stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.  Roddy Doyle will be in conversation with Aoife Barry, editor and reporter at TheJournal.ie.

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!