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Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
  

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Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 May 2011.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2010.

If you took The History Boys by Alan Bennett, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess plus any of the Wilt books by Tom Sharpe and threw them at the wall so hard that their pages ripped and flapped to the floor in one chaotic heap, then you might find this book. If you found the exercise fun and funny, then this is a definite read for you.

Idiosyncratic, irreverent, witty, playful, amusing, aggressive, insightful, original - this is a book that is hard to define but, at the same time, to which we can all relate.

In short, it is a maverick. Don't skip it!

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Synopsis

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

'Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair'. And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin's Seabrook College for Boys. Principally concerning the lives, loves, mistakes and triumphs of overweight maths-whiz Ruprecht Van Doren and his roommate Daniel 'Skippy' Juster, it features a frisbee-throwing siren called Lori, the joys (and horrors) of first love, the use and blatant misuse of prescription drugs, Carl (the official school psychopath), and various attempts to unravel string theory ...while at the same time exploring the very deepest mysteries of the human heart.

Reviews

Savagely funny, brimful of wit, energy, poetry and vision, unflaggingly entertaining. A triumph * Sunday Times * One of the most enjoyable, funny and moving reads of this year. A rare tragicomedy that's both genuinely tragic and genuinely comic * Guardian * Darkly comic, dazzles, every line drips ideas for fun. Unputdownably funny, captivating. A masterpiece * Metro * Ambitious, wise, funny, fiercely intelligent. The beauty of this cynical, hopeful, beautifully written book is that it builds a detailed world to explore life, the universe and everything * Sunday Express * Hilarious, heartbreaking, totally engrossing. A triumph * Daily Mail * Novels rarely come as funny and as moving as this utterly brilliant exploration of teenhood and the anticlimax of becoming an adult . . . Skippy Dies is intuitive, truthful and one of the finest comic novels written anywhere. Dies? Never! Skippy lives -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * I loved Skippy Dies . . . three novels fused into one ignited tragicomic tour de force -- Ali Smith * Times Literary Supplement * Skippy Dies is one great high-octane fizz bang of a book -- Patrick McCabe * Irish Times * Extravagantly entertaining * New York Times Book Review * A comic epic. Murray is a brilliant comic writer, but also humane and touching, and he captures the misery and elation, joy and anxiety of teenage life. A brilliant depiction of the heaven and hell of male adolescence -- David Nicholls * Guardian * Murray's writing has earned a place in the contemporary international canon . . . Murray's characters are so three-dimensionally drawn and brought to such vivid life that they may haunt your dreams * Irish Independent *


About the Author

Paul Murray

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin. He has a Masters degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Paul was a former bookseller and his first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award.

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Publication date

7th April 2011

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Paul Murray

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
672 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141009957

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