Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

Author Roddy Doyle attends the press launch of Roddy Doyle's 'The Commitments' at The Palace Theatre on April 23, 2013 in London, England.  - (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Author Roddy Doyle attends the press launch of Roddy Doyle's 'The Commitments' at The Palace Theatre on April 23, 2013 in London, England.

(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

Irish author Roddy Doyle's first novel "The Commitments" was about lower class Dublin. Now, 27 years later, he's back with a follow up to the best-seller. Roddy Doyle on returning to his earliest work.

Twenty-seven years ago, Irish author Roddy Doyle published his first novel “The Commitments." The book starred Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class kid from Dublin who wants to bring soul music to his hometown so he puts together a band made up of other scrappy Dubliners. The book was a hit, as was the movie that was made just a few years later. Now Doyle has brought his protagonist back in his latest book, “The Guts." Today, Jimmy is middle-aged, married with kids, living in the Dublin suburbs and struggling to come to terms with his newly-diagnosed cancer. Roddy Doyle joins Diane to talk about writing about his hometown, his love of music and returning to his earliest work.

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Roddy Doyle

author, "The Guts." He is the author of nine novels including "The Commitments" and "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha," which won the Booker Prize in 1993.

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From "The Guts" by Roddy Doyle. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Roddy Doyle, 2013.

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