Costa Shortlisted this novel is a coming of age story, full of drama, romance, friendship and heartache and it is superbly told. I don’t remember ever reading a book before that captured both my imagination and emotions so forcefully. Torn between laughter and tears I turned each page and on finishing the novel I found myself lonely for the characters I had so recently been introduced to. Paul Murray is a fantastically talented author and this is only his second offering, the future is bright for this gifted Irishman. Skippy Dies should have gone all the way and actually won the Man Booker Prize.