As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. 'I'm practically a man in most areas,' writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday.
As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. 'I'm practically a man in most areas,' writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends. Spud's world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat. Spud - Learning to fly transports the reader on an authentic tragicomic journey, deep into the sublime and ridiculous world of being a teenager.
Winner of The Booksellers' Choice Award 2010.
John van de Ruit was born in Durban, South Africa and educated at Michaelhouse and the University Natal where he completed a MAsters degree in Drama and Performance. Since 1998 he has been a professional actor, playwright and producer. Spud and its follow up, Spud the Madness Continues... are among the fastest selling books in South Africa.
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Reviewed by Unknown from Gauteng, South Africa on 05 November 2009
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I could not wait to start reading the 3rd Spud book and was not disappointed. Giggled all the way through, anyone who sees disturbing things in the book should look at themselves :)
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Reviewed by Unknown from Johannesburg, South Africa on 29 June 2009
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This 3rd book is just not funny at all. It also compares Methodists to Satanists and says they should be destroyed (pg 352). Other religious content is also disturbing. Beware!
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Reviewed by Joshna from Johannesburg on 15 June 2009
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I bought it the day it came out and read it the same day....absolutely loved it, i hope theres going to be more
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