, from Dublin
. While working as a secondary school teacher
, he wrote two plays, War
, about a pub quiz
team, and Brownbread
, about the kidnap
of a Bishop
. He built on these modest successes with the self-published novel The Commitments
. This book was about a young man forming a soul
band in Dublin
, and was later made into a "major motion picture
" by Alan Parker
Doyle's next two novels centred around the family of the central character in The Commitments. The Snapper is about the unplanned pregnancy of his sister, Sharon, and The Van is about his father's disastrous attempt to get into the chip van business. Both of these books were made into films by Stephen Frears.
Doyle's next novel was Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which won him the Booker Prize. He went on to write a television series for the BBC and RTE, called Family. He based his next novel, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors on the mother of the family in the TV series. After a fairly prolific period, Doyle submerged himself for a couple of years before returning with A Star Called Henry, a novel set during the 1916 Rising.