Spud is the hilarious debut novel by John van de Ruit It's 1990. Apartheid is crumbling, Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison and ... Show synopsis Spud is the hilarious debut novel 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". (The Daily News). "Once you pick it up it's almost as if the pages turn themselves". (Metrobeat). "Achingly funny". (Sunday Times Lifestyle). John van de Ruit was born in Durban, South Africa. He went to the University of Natal where he completed a Masters degree in Drama and Performance. Since 1998 he has been a professional actor, playwright and producer, winning numerous awards. Spud is his first novel.