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Author: Roddy Doyle Narrator: Roddy Doyle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9780525499558
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From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.

"It's his bravest novel yet; it's also, by far, his best." --

“The closest thing he’s written to a psychological thriller."– The New York Times Book Review

Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly’s for a pint, a slow one. One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from secondary school. His name is Fitzpatrick.

Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories—of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor’s own small claim to fame, as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio. But it’s the memories of school, and of one particular brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.

Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The fear of honest disclosure is central to Mr. Doyle’s newest novel, Smile, about the lies men tell to make themselves appear normal…This short, effective novel is about the truths that emerge when, despite himself, Victor lets himself talk.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “This is a performance few writers could carry off: a novel constructed entirely from bar stool chatter and scraps of memory. But you can’t turn away.”

    Washington Post

  • “One is swept along—as in all Doyle’s novels—by the vibrancy of language, the vivid sense of character and place, but nothing prepares you for the final few pages.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Showcases his well-loved facility for character and dialogue. His ear and eye are peerless.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “His bravest novel yet; it’s also, by far, his best.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for November

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About the Author

Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature, and his novel Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha won the Man Booker Prize in 1993. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991.