A Star Called Henry

by Roddy Doyle

In Brief

Henry Smart, born in Dublin to a one-legged whorehouse bouncer, grows up on the streets and becomes a boy-soldier in the Irish Citizen Army. His journey to ruthless assassin in the service of Michael Collins chronicles some of the most monumental moments in Irish history from the viewpoint of a slum boy desperate to escape his poverty and make a name for himself.

Why you should read it

Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle brings a breath of fresh air to the subject of Irish republicanism, especially in his portrayal of the leaders of the cause. This is a book that examines the morality of political murder, that challenges and questions the actions behind the creation of the Irish state.

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