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Roddy Doyle to work on Roy Keane memoir

January 17, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Publisher Orion says Booker Prize-winning novelist Roddy Doyle will work with former Manchester United star Roy Keane on a memoir exploring the psychological struggles he’s faced off the pitch.

Keane, 42, captained United and the Irish national team in a career marked by a volatile relationship with teammates, managers and football authorities. He’s currently a pundit and the assistant Ireland manager.

Doyle is best known for “The Commitments” and other vibrant comic novels centered on working-class Dubliners. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.”

Orion said Friday that “The Second Half” would be a “personal odyssey” blending “memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane’s own original voice.” It is due to be published later this year.

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