The Commitments

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Vintage Books, 2013 - Rock groups - 144 pages

Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about.

The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul. Ably managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, brilliantly coached by Joey 'The Lips' Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from the parish hall to the steps of the studio door.

But can The Commitments live up to their name?

The bestselling book behind the long-running West End stage show.

'Unstoppable fun. A big-hearted, big-night out' The Times

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

I don't know that I've ever read a book that I could nearly sing along to before, which is certainly the case in this short novel about a soul band being formed in Dublin, Ireland. A fun, quick read for anyone who loves soul music or even classic rock. Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

A very short and funny story about a group of blue collar guys, mostly in their late teens, who form a soul music band. The characters are colorful and the language is very Dublin (I imagine...) In a ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 forPaddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. The Commitments was adapted into a hit film in the 1990s and is now a West End musical.

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