Arts Interview: Guts and glory

Almost 30 years after he put The Commitments centre stage, Roddy Doyle is back with a new book featuring Jimmy Rabbitte, writes Andrew Lynch

10th August, 2013
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In Roddy Doyle's new novel The Guts, his hero Jimmy Rabbitte decides to get a few friends together and head for the 2012 Electric Picnic. The former manager of The Commitments is now 47, suffering from bowel cancer and not at all sure if he belongs at a music festival. Just like his creator (who attended the event in real life), however, he finds it an exhilarating experience that allows him to re-connect with his...

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