Reviews

  • Roddy Doyle excelled himself… A typically bittersweet novella about a middle-aged man’s memories of his schooldays which pulls the rug shockingly from under the reader’s feet.

    Justine Jordan, Guardian, Books of the Year
  • A book that made me feel I really was in the presence of a master.

    Sebastian Barry, Observer
  • Reading Smile, one is swept along – as in all Doyle’s novels – by the vibrancy of the language, the vivid sense of character and place, but nothing prepares you for the final few pages where, in a twist of imaginative brilliance, everything you have read is turned completely on its head… Smile is beautifully written, and beautifully observed

    Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph
  • Terribly moving and even, at times, distressing, while saving its greatest surprise until the endThere is a brave and complex ending to the novelIt will inspire debate but also admiration for the courage of a hugely successful writer who refuses to be predictable and uses the novel to challenge both the reader’s sense of ease and the nature of the form itself.

    John Boyne, Guardian
  • Smile turns out to be a novel of literary deception and self-deception, of suppression, guilt, fantasy and the deep damage that leaves a mind profoundly disorderedI suspect Smile will become a bestseller

    Linda Grant, Daily Telegraph

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