Roddy Doyle was born in May 1958 in Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. His novels include The Commitments (1987) which was made into a film in 1991, The Van (1991) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1991 and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993) which won the Booker Prize in 1993. Roddy Doyle lives in Dublin.