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Two Pints

Author: 
Roddy Doyle
Publisher(s): 
Jonathan Cape, London
Publication Date: 
2012-11
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"I was away sometime early-ish last year in a hotel room for a few days and I found myself in the evening having a scan through Facebook. Maybe for an hour or so. And I was enjoying it much more than I would have been flicking through the channels on the TV. It might have been before going out. It might have been when I came home or whatever, and I was too tired to read but too awake to fall asleep. And I enjoyed reading articles about American politics and things like that. Even just listening to bits of music that I hadn’t heard in years. And I just thought Well, what can I do? I was back home and the Queen of England had been in Ireland, Obama arrived for less than 24 hours, and it made a huge impact. And I just thought I’ll write a little dialogue. Two lads in a bar talking about it. And I went to Google Images and I found—I’d never done this before—a photograph: two pints of Guinness. I uploaded it, then figured out how to add the dialogue. I’d written it in a document and cut and paste. There it was—sent it out. And the response was terrific. It was great fun. Great, great fun. So I did one a week later. I decided, Well, that worked, I'll do another. I think it was something about Gaddafi. I suppose I did roughly about one a week, but sometimes I did a few more. During the Olympics, for example, I did two in a row on Katie Taylor winning her gold in boxing, one after the other, semifinal and final. Other times I would have gone quite a while without doing any because there wasn’t anything going or I was too busy.  [...] But I was just doing this and enjoying it, really, to varying degrees. And then a man who runs a poetry house said he’d love to publish them. This would be last May. He said he’d love to publish them in book form, like a book of poetry almost."

- Roddy Doyle, in interview

Description

Roddy Doyle originally wrote Two Pints as a series of Facebook posts.  It is a series of dialogues between two middle-aged men who meet in a Dublin pub, and is set over fifteen months from June 2011.  Doyle has written ten novels for adults, seven books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories; several of his books have been made into films. 

Cover image of Two Pints
Publisher(s):
Jonathan Cape, London