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  • Title: Not Just For Christmas
  • Author: Roddy Doyle
  • ISBN: 9781934848029
  • Publisher: Gemma Media
  • Category: Fiction
  • Series: Open Door
  • Reading Level: Grade 2-6
  • Type: Paperback
  • Page Count: 92


Danny Murphy is going to meet his brother, Jimmy.  They haven't seen each other in more than twenty years, and Danny is nervous.  On the way to the pub, Danny begins to remember the good times and the bad times, the humour, the fights, and the pivotal argument that finally drove them apart. Can they turn back the clock and become the pals they used to be? Or does bad blood go on? Danny doesn't know

From the bestselling author and screenwriter comes a story about family, jealousy, passion and redemption. Written in Roddy Doyle's distinctive, intimate style, here is a poignant observation of ordinary lives by a writer at his best.  
"Not Just For Christmas is absolutely fantastic. Written as a piece of nostalgia, the story concerns Danny Murphy going to meet his brother, Jimmy, after an estrangement lasting over twenty years.  Despite the short form of the book, the childhood fights, teenage adventures and the big row that tore them apart are relived by the reader. By the time the meeting comes to its conclusion, the reader has developed an emotional attachment to the Murphy brothers that most writers could hope to develop with a novel spanning a thousand pages. Roddy Doyle's writing captures the real emotions of other people's lives and the warmth it brings us in to enjoy them as if they were old friends or members of our families. A fantastic piece of writing very much in the mould of Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, both of which preceded it." - Ian Wood, Author (

About the Series

Roddy Doyle is winner of the 1993 Man Booker Prize for his novel, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a story of the world understood and misunderstood by a ten-year old Dubliner. Several of his novels, including the Barrytone Trilogy: The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, have been made into successful major motion pictures. He lives in Dublin.
About the Series
Open Door series is an innovative program of original and adapted works by some of our most beloved modern writers, originally designed in Ireland to promote adult literacy. These fresh stories showcase new writing from both best-selling authors and emerging voices.