Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels including the Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van), two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents and most recently, The Guts, which won the Novel of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards 2013. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. In 2009, he co-founded Fighting Words, a writing centre for children and young people, in Dublin. He has written two books for the Open Door series. His most recent book, published in September 2014, is Two More Pints. Also, in 2014, he co-wrote The Second Half, with Roy Keane.