Bullfighting moves from classrooms to graveyards, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories. Each is concerned with loss in different ways - of their place in the world, of power, virility, love - of the boom days and the Celtic Tiger.
Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in Bullfighting present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs.
An effortless read, told in warm and witty Roddy Doyle style.
Realistic and funny... This is a funny book about serious stuff... Doyle's descriptions of fatherhood will leave a powerful impression on any reader
Probably the finest collection of Irish short stories since James Joyce's Dubliners
The trademark deadpan style of Doyle's storytelling make this an entirely believable comedy
Roddy Doyle's Bullfighting offers a series of rare and beautiful mid-life meditations
Dublin-born Roddy Doyle joins Alex Clark to discuss his new book, Smile, and the real life experiences that influenced his writing