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Roddy Doyle to pen top sportsman's memoir

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Jan 17, 2014 | 12:18pm EST

Roddy Doyle, the Booker Prize-winning author behind The Commitments and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, is teaming up with another Irish icon to pen his memoir. Doyle will partner with Roy Keane for the former Manchester United and Ireland soccer star's second biography. Publisher Alan Samson at Orion believes the book, The Second Half, will have the makings of a great read. He says, "I believe it will become a benchmark for sports autobiography. The combination of an outstanding player - and leader - like Roy with a writer of Roddy's extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year." Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich, and he is currently the assistant manager to the Ireland national team. Keane's first book, Keane: The Autobiography, was released in 2002. The sportsman says, "I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience."

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