Monday, November 28, 2005

Review : Spud by John van de Ruit

In a year that has been full of uninspring books, it is exciting to come across a book as brilliant as Spud. For it to be written by a South African author is unheard of.

Spud is John van de Ruit's first novel and hopefully not his last. The book is set in journal format and recounts the first year of John "Spud" Milton at a private high school in South Africa. This book is the funniest book I have come across this year, and could very well be the best I have ever read. For everyone that went to a similar high school buy this book. For those of you that didn't, still buy it.

As always, buy this book from They are selling it at a great price of R76.00

Edit: Good deals on the two sequels have been added to : Spud - The Madness Continues and Spud - Learning to Fly. If you think they are good deals, Vote them Up. Or Down if you have found a better deal. Or better yet, if you have found a better deal, please Add the deal to so we can enjoy it too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 100%. I went to an all boys high school and that is what you go through although I never ever heard anyone describe it the way John does. The funniest book I have ever read ion my life!

Clifford Retief

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm reading Spud at the moment and it is so funny and well written. I'm almost finished and don't want it to end!

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just finished Spud, I thought it was BRILLIANT ! I'm at boarding school at the moment and , although its all girls, its awesome to see how similar things are! 5 stars !!

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see a sequel, as with the Adrian Mole series. Can't wait!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finished Spud, and very sad about that too. An absolutely great book, so well written. Really captures boarding school life so well, but from a whole different perspective. As well as being outrageously funny, it also is a quite a moving book - has everything! I really hope there is a sequel!!

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Started at page 1 and finished several hours later at the last page... Brilliant book, funny, thoughtfull and excellent written - hope there will be a second follow up book to it!!

4:04 AM  
Blogger Michael Connolly said...

Extremely enjoyable book. Read it on a train from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and simply couldn't stop laughing(out loud!). Everyone thought I was nuts. Can't wait for the sequel!! Hurry up John!
Michael, Ireland

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spud is a great book full of humour.
When i was reading it i didnt want it to end. I .hope there is a sequel

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spud is the funneist book ive ever read. i am twelve and it took me 2 days to read it, now i wish i had stretched it out because those two days were the 2 of the most fantastic days i have expereinced ever. John van de Ruit please hurry up with a sequel.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been five years since i matriculated from a private single-sex school for girls and this book took me back! i loved it! hosed myself senseless! i didnt want the book to end. John you HAVE to give us a sequel!

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't often enjoy south african authors, but this book was BRILLIANT! Its way better than Adrian Mole and the SA references were great. Fantastic, gonna lend it to all my friends.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow yes this book was reli good and funny, but u have to read the second one!! My word-the madness continues!! i reli loved them both nd encourage anyone to read them, wateva age!!

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,my name is Matthew.I would have to say I am one of your biggest fans.I have read each spud book so many times that even my friends have started calling me spud.I think the characters in the book are so funny and completely match to make one crazy school.If I am in a bad mood I just pick up the book and then,because it is so funny,I start to laugh and be happy again.I definately can't wait for the new book to come out and for the film.I am no fortune teller but I think the movie will be voted 'funniest film of the year' for years to come.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my name is levelan i love your books please keep on publishing more books of spud

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi my name is levelan i am writing to you again just to say that you are my favourite author all my friends love your books but i love it the most. i hope your book gets voted the best and funniest book of the year.i wish i went to the same school as you .i cant wait for the next book to come out.i also wish they would also make a movie of spud.thank you for writing such fabulous books.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Gecko have to die? That completely ruined the book for me. My tears from laughter turned into tears of sadness then anger?!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Matthew Varner said...

Hi,it is me Matthew Varner again and I just wanted you to know I am one of your biggest fans and I really wish there were more South African authors like you.In truth I am actually asking you right now if I could audition for the movie SPUD. I play cricket for Eastern Transvaal Academy and am starting Grade 8 at King Edward High School next year, so I think I would be an ideal candidate for a part in your movie. My e-mail adress is

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SPUD is the best book i have ever read and i absolutely loved it!
I normally hate reading but as soon as i started reading SPUD i couldn't put it dow and now i am even on the second one!
Don't stop wrighting the books John they are fantastic!

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on holiday in SA and got this in the airport on the way home.
It is probably one of my favourite books EVER! I have read it 10 times and it makes me cry with laughter!

4:24 AM  
Anonymous David E. said...

I have just finished reading Spud, and I have to say, it is probably the funniest book I have ever read, since I am the same age as Spud. John van de Ruit describes our lives well. Great read, as well as hilarious. I recommend.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

greatest book EVER
do you know when the second one comes out in Canada

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So yeah!!
I am almost done with the book SPUD and i have to say it is like my favorite book, since i am Spud's age!!
I want to read the sequel!!
If i had to rate this book on a scale of 1-10 it would be a 100

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this book it is just so funny And yes there is a sequel called
The Madness Continues
I cant wait to get into it

9:58 PM  
Blogger Marcel said...

I live in Washington, DC and I cannot remember how this book got here. Someone from South Africa send it to me. It was in our bookcase for a while and one weekend I picked it up and just could not put it down. It is brilliant - one of the best depictions of an all boys school and hostel life. It brought back many great memories of being in an all boys school. We often forget all the great characters that go to school with us. South Africa is a truly unique country with awesome people. It is great to read a book like this to remind one of this. I immediately ordered the sequal on Kalahari and have been waiting for it for 4 weeks now. Cannot wait to get into the second year. Thanks for this amazing adventure.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spud absolutely rocks my socks!! :)
After i read the book i was laughing in school so much people stared at me like i was some loon!
there's going to be a movie? absolute yayness! do you know where and how do we get details on auditions and stuff?

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first book was great, the second book was sorta sad. I WIsh this series WOULD NEVER END!!!!!!!!!

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this book sooo much i'm 15 and this describes the TYPES of teenagers you'll meet perfectly like boggo and christine. very well done i read it alot

3:03 PM  
Blogger Zack said...

Hi my name is Zack. I love your books. I read the first and am starting the second. Are you gonna write a third. Some of my friends call me Spud.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Zack said...

Hi my name is Zack. I love your books. I read the first and am starting the second. Are you gonna write a third. Some of my friends call me Spud.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Ryuunosora said...

your book is very funny and hooks the reader. i have read your first and second book. as for "learn how to fly" will be purchasing next week. in my opinion you are a good writer but not brilliant i see room for improvement unless... you have intentionally wrote like this to give a familiar feeling to kids.... but really i do like your work especially the mamba.

8:22 AM  

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