The return of Doyle’s most vivid creation

Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, €21.

23rd September, 2006

Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle, Jonathan Cape, €21.

Ten years have passed since Roddy Doyle’s unforgettable character, Paula Spencer, was introduced in his Booker-winning novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. In this neatly-titled sequel, Doyle resurrects his alcoholic protagonist a few weeks before her 48th birthday, as she tries to cope with life as ‘‘the new Paula’’.

It has also been ten years since Charlo, Paula’s brutally violent...

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