Spud by John Van De Ruit


Written by John Van De Ruit

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There’s a warning attached to this book. It is side-splittingly funny and it will find you rolling around on the carpet - laughing hysterically and gasping for air. Focus on, an elite boys boarding school, a boy called Spud, parents who are well beyond the lunatic fringe and a cast of stranger than fiction characters – friendships and insanity pervade the ether and together the first steps to manhood are taken. A wonderful debut, written in diary form.


Spud by John Van De Ruit

It's 1990. Apartheid is crumbling, Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison and thirteen-year-old Spud Milton is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school. Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a nutty granny and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. With only his wits and his diary, he takes readers on a rowdy boarding school romp full of illegal midnight swims, catastrophic cricket matches, ghostbusting escapades, girls and disastrous holidays. South African comedian John van de Ruit invites the reader into the mind of a young boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity!


Some rave reviews from South Africa: Funny, fast-paced and wonderfully observant -- Book Shelf The Daily News Once you pick it up it's almost as if the pages turn themselves Metrobeat Achingly funny Sunday Times Lifestyle

About the Author

John Van De Ruit

John van de Ruit is a South African novelist, actor, playwright and producer. He has been a professional actor, playwright and producer since 1998. He was born in Durban and educated at Michaelhouse, where he stayed in Founders House and from where he matriculated in 1993. He then went on to complete a Masters degree in Drama and Performance at the then University of Natal.

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400 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2008




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