Other literary forms
In addition to his novels, for which he is best known, Roddy Doyle wrote several highly successful plays, including Brownbread (pr. 1987), War (pr., pb. 1989), and The Woman Who Walked into Doors (pr. 2003), which is based on his 1996 novel. Family (1994), a four-part television play, was highly controversial for its treatment of domestic abuse. While the subject of the abusive husband and father was by no means new in Irish literature, the play’s widespread distribution through television provoked public debate over the representation of the working-class Irish family.
Doyle also wrote many short stories, including the collection The Deportees, and Other Stories (2008), and he wrote several books for children and teenage readers, including Not Just for Christmas (1999), The Giggler Treatment (2000), Rover Saves Christmas (2001), The Meanwhile Adventures (2004), and Wilderness (2007). He also contributed to the collaborative novels Finbar’s Hotel (1999, with others) and Yeats Is Dead! (2001, with others). In 2002, he published an oral history-memoir about his parents, Rory and Ita.