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1st edition
Author William Horwood
Cover artist David Kearney
Country United Kingdom
Language English language
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 576
ISBN 0-670-80132-1

Skallagrigg is a 1987 novel written by William Horwood and influenced by Horwood's relationship with his own daughter Rachel, who has cerebral palsy.[1]

Plot introduction[edit]

The story concerns Arthur, a young boy with cerebral palsy, abandoned in a grim hospital in the north of England and subject to extreme cruelty and neglect; Esther, a keenly intelligent teenager who also has CP but whose talents are recognised in these enlightened days; and Daniel, an American computer-gaming genius. They are linked by the Skallagrigg; whatever or whoever it is will transform their lives. Esther sets out on a quest to find the truth of the Skallagrigg, founded in the life and experiences of Arthur. She encapsulates what she finds in a tortuously complex computer game, knowing that the truth is never likely to be uncovered.

Screen adaptation[edit]

Skallagrigg was shown on BBC2's Screen Two in 1994 with screenplay by Nigel Williams and won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 1995. It starred John McArdle, Richard Briers, Nick Brimble, Kerry Noble and Ian Dury.[2]


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