Oh, Play That Thing
By (author) Roddy Doyle
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Oh, Play That Thing by Roddy Doyle
Book DescriptionIt's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, falls on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies of the Lower East Side. He catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district and soon there are eyes on his back and men in the shadows. It is time to leave, for another America...Chicago is wild and new, and newest of all is the music. Furious, wild, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong. His music is everywhere, coming from every open door, every phonograph. But Armstrong is a prisoner of his colour; there are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099477655
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roddy Doyle
Star Called Henry, Paperback (March 2016)
Born in the Dublin slums of 1901, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing and begging, but a prince of the streets. By Easter Monday, 1916, he is a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again...
Brilliant, Hardback (September 2015)
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books."
Ham on Rye, Paperback (June 2015)» View all books by Roddy Doyle
The autobiographical coming-of-age modern classic by one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century
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Author Biography - Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels, one collection of short stories and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His last book, The Dead Republic, was the final volume in the Henry Smart trilogy.
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