The Guts (novel)

The Guts
Author Roddy Doyle
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Media type Print Hardback & Download
Pages 336
ISBN 0224098322
Preceded by The Barrytown Trilogy

The Guts is a 2013 novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. The novel returns to Barrytown where Jimmy Rabbitte, Outspan, and Imelda are 30 years older and have all changed – but not all that much.


Jimmy Rabbitte is back with some old friends, but time has moved on for all of them. The man who created the soul band, The Commitments, is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four children, and bowel cancer. He is not dying, he thinks, but he might be.[1][2]


In November 2013, the novel was named Novel of the Year at the 2013 Irish Book Awards.[3][4]


  1. "Review: The Guts, By Roddy Doyle". The Independent. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. "The Guts by Roddy Doyle - review". Guardian. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. "Roddy Doyle wins Novel of the Year". RTÉ News. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  4. "Inside story: Roddy Doyle's got the Guts for awards glory". Irish Independent. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
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