The Deportees

and Other Stories

Publisher: Vintage Canada
For his many devoted readers: the first collection of stories from Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle.

For the past few years Roddy Doyle has written stories for Metro Eireann, a magazine by and for immigrants to Ireland. Each of the stories takes a new slant on the immigrant experience, something of increasing relevance and importance in Ireland today. The Deportees now brings those stories together for all of Roddy’s devoted readers, ranging from a terrifying ghost story, “The Pram,” in which a Polish nanny grows impatient with her charge’s older sisters and decides–using a phrase she has just learnt–to “scare them shitless,” to the glorious title story itself, where Jimmy Rabbitte, the man who formed the beloved Commitments, decides it’s time to find a new band, and this time no white Irish need apply. Multicultural to a fault, the Deportees specialize not in soul music, but in the songs of Woody Guthrie.

From the Hardcover edition.



Maybe it was Riverdance. A bootleg video did the rounds of the rooms and the shanties of Lagos and, moved to froth by the sight of that long, straight line of Irish and Irish-American legs — tap-tap-tap, tappy-tap — thousands of Nigerians packed the bags and came to Ireland....
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“Doyle’s remarkable strength as a writer includes his ability to take the hardscrabble realities of Irish life, highlight its casual cruelties and kindnesses, inject the country’s trademark black humour, and weave it all into a coherent tale that resonates to readers elsewhere.”

“Like all great comic writers, Roddy Doyle has become an explorer of the deepest places of the heart, of love and pain and loss.”
The Irish Times

“The best novelist of his generation.”
—Nick Hornby, Literary Review

From the Hardcover edition.