Roddy is the author of nine acclaimed novels including The Snapper, The Women Who Walked into Doors, A Star Called Henry and The Dead Republic.
He also wrote two collections of stories, The Deportees and Bullfighting, Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He has written six books for children including A Greyhound of a Girl shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie Medal and Wilderness. He has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and many anthologies. He was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1991 for The Van and won the prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread, Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner and most recently he adapted The Government inspector by Gogol for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors.
He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family, When Brendan Met Trudy and he co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments.
Roddy’s new novel The Guts will be published this August. In it, Jimmy Rabbitte, the man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids … and bowel cancer. He isn’t dying, he thinks, but he might be.
Roddy lives and works in Dublin.