It's early on, but I've been enjoying Roddy Doyle's The Dead Republic, a book I'm not sure I'd have picked up if I hadn't heard him read from it during the PEN World Voices Festival (below). I liked the selection he read from the novel, which imagines Henry Smart (the protagonist of two earlier Doyle novels) collaborating with John Ford on the script of The Quiet Man. A sample:
- Did you hear that? said Ford.
- I called you a thick son of a bitch.
- I got it right, he said. - Didn't I? The Irish way for saying dumb.