Paul Murray on his book Skippy dies

By Marc | May 3, 2012
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“I thought I would try and write about the strange, very swiftly changing world that we live in, through the eyes of the people that experience those changes most directly.”


Paul Murray, 37, author, Dublin

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Summary of Skippy dies

‘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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  • Original title: Skippy dies
  • Publisher(s): Penguin
  • ISBN(‘s): 9780141009957
  • First published in: 2010

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