Skippy dies by Paul Murray

‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray is the August 2022 selection for the IrishCentral Book Club.

Each month we select a new Irish book or great book by an Irish author and celebrate the Irish people’s amazing ability to tell a good story for the IrishCentral Book Club.

Throughout August we read ‘Skippy Dies’ by Irish author Paul Murray, published by Penguin in 2010 and longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Book Awards and finalist for the National Book Critics’ Prize.

Synopsis for “Skippy Dies” by Paul Murray

Ruprecht Van Doren is an overweight genius whose hobbies are very difficult mathematics and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Daniel “Skippy” Juster is his roommate. In that great old Dublin institution, Seabrook College for Boys, nobody pays much attention to them. But when Skippy falls in love with Lori, the Frisbee-playing siren from the girls’ school next door, all sorts of people suddenly become interested – including Carl, a part-time drug dealer and official school psychopath. . .

Skippy This is a tragic comedy of epic panache and scope, combing the recesses of the human heart, wringing every drop of pathos, humor and hopelessness from life, love, Robert Graves, mermaids, M-Theory and everything in between.

Reviews of Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

“That rare thing, an epic comic… Murray is a brilliant comics writer, but also human and touching, and he captures the misery and excitement, joy and angst of teenage life” – David Nicholls, Guardian

“Novels are seldom as funny and moving as this absolutely brilliant exploration of teenage years and the disappointments of growing up… one of the finest graphic novels ever written.” – Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

“I loved Skippy Dies…three novels fused into one ignited tragicomic tour de force.” – Ali Smith, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

“An unforgettable exuberant saga set in an Irish boys’ school. The insulting wit is Shakespearean, the supporting characters hilarious, and Murray perfectly captures the fleeting joys and lingering sorrows of adolescence.” -Emma Donoghue, Daily Telegraph

“A triumph…brimming with wit and narrative energy.” – Sunday time

“The sprawling brilliance of Paul Murray’s darkly funny second novel works on many different levels… When you’ve finished the last page, you might be tempted to start over.” – Subway

About Paul Murray

Dublin-born Paul Murray is the author of ‘An Evening of Long Goodbyes’, ‘Skippy Dies’ and ‘The Mark and the Void’ and wrote the screenplay for the 2018 film ‘Metal Heart’. ‘An Evening of Long Goodbyes was nominated for a Whitbread First Novel Award and nominated for a Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. “Skippy Dies” was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. The Mark and the Void won the 2016 Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Paul Murray lives in Dublin. His new novel The Bee Sting will be published in 2023.

*Synopsis, Reviews and Author Biographies from

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