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Open Door

A series of novellas by bestselling Irish authors, curated by Patricia Scanlan for emerging adult readers.

Dead Man Talking

Dead Man Talking


by Roddy Doyle

Part of the Open Door series, an adult literacy series of novellas by well-known Irish authors

A-format, paperback | 122pp | ISBN 978-1-84840-410-6| Release Date 4 February 2015

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Pat and Joe Murphy were best friends for as long as anyone could remember. That is, until a big fight tore them apart five years ago. And they haven't spoken until this, the night before Joe's funeral. Joe is dead, you see - but there he is, sitting up and talking like he always did. Maybe now, after all these years, they can finally get to the real reason for their conflict... In Dead Man Talking, a fast paced, funny, and often spooky novella, Doyle meditates on the transience of friendship, as well as life, death, and everything in between.

About the Author Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland's most well-known and talented authors. He is the author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous children's books, plays, screenplays and short stories. Several of his books have been adapted for the screen and made into films, including The Commitments in 1991. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for The Van, before eventually being awarded it in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He is the recipient of numerous other prestigious literary awards including the Irish PEN Award in 2009, the French Literary Award in 2011 and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Award Novel of the Year for The Guts in 2013. He is also a Royal Society of Literature Fellow. In 2009, he established Fighting Words, a creative writing centre in Dublin City.