Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His novels include The Commitments; The Snapper; The Van, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha, which won the 1993 Booker Prize; The Woman Who Walked Into Doors; A Star Called Henry; Oh, Play that Thing; Paula Spencer; The Deportees; and most recently, The Dead Republic. His drama includes War, Brownbread, The Family.and an adaptation of The Playboy of the Western World. He has contributed to New Island’s successful and groundbreaking Open Door Series on two occasions, Not Just for Christmas (2001) and Mad Weekend (2006), which was translated into Irish in 2007, Deireadh Seachtaine Craiceáilte. He lives in Dublin.