W&N Biography: Sport HB October £20.00 288pp 978 0 297 60888 2 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 760890 5
‘God created only one Keano. Be grateful’ – Ray Ryan, Guardian
W&N Non-Fiction • October 2014
ROY KEANE with RODDY DOYLE The Second Half
Memoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, co-written with a Man Booker Prize-winner. As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. His status as one of football’s greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinvent himself as a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed? This book is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success. In following his personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, The Second Half blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane’s original voice, brilliantly captured in a stunning collaboration with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle. Roy Keane was born in Cork in 1971, and is now a television pundit for ITV after an astonishingly successful career as captain of Manchester United and Ireland. He is currently the assistant manager of the international Ireland team. Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958 and still lives there today. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van and most recently Guts; two collections of short stories; Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Location: Dublin, Ireland Available for interview www.roddydoyle.ie @roy_keane_esq