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Skippy Dies

by Paul Murray

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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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! 

Skippy Dies Synopsis

'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.

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ISBN: 9780141009957
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241144978
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141009957
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: Paul Murray
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 672 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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