Born in the slums of Dublin in 1901, with his father as a one-legged whore-house bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast.
By the time he can walk, he's out robbing, begging, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets.
At fourteen, already six foot two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom.
A year later, he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian and soon, a killer.
With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike.
An historical novel like none before it, "A Star Called Henry" marks a new chapter in Roddy Doyle's writing.
It is a vastly more ambitious book than any he has written before.
Taking a subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism, with a passionate love story at its centre, this is a triumphant work of fiction.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Pages: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 26/08/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781856866620