Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

The title has nothing to do with the death of a TV Kangaroo, but is about the lives and loves of a group of friends at an Irish grammar school, (Seabrook College for Boys) notably Daniel ‘Skippy’ Juster and his roommate Ruprecht Van Doren, an overweight maths genius.

Told for the most part in retrospect it is cynical, witty, outrageous, comic, tragic and at times laugh out loud funny, (look for the lines about Jesus the great educator) as the friends and their teachers deal with mistakes, triumphs, the joys of first love, addiction to prescription drugs, the school psychopath and the complexities of theoretical physics. It really is a book about life, the universe and everything and highly recommended.

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Mike Hitchins

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