It’s easy to forget just how long Roddy Doyle has been part of the Irish cultural landscape. In 1992, there was a saturation-coverage radio ad for some sort of credit card which featured several voices purchasing various things.
One of them was a youthful-sounding guy asking for ‘‘the new Roddy Doyle in paperback’’.
Doyle was still fresh fruit to most people back then, but this was half a decade after...
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