Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He has written 8 novels, a collection of short stories, a memoir of his parents, and 4 books for children. His first novel The Commitments (1987) was made into a very successful film, directed by Alan Parker. Several other of his books have been made into successful films. His novel, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, won the Booker Prize in 1993. His other novels include The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996) and A Star Called Henry (1999). He lives in Dublin.