I'm reading "Skippy Dies " by Paul Murray at the moment, which was long-listed for the Booker prize in 2010. It's a brilliant read - I think it should have been short-listed or even won. However, if I wrote a typical Murray-esque paragraph and posted on here for critique, I bet I'd get lambasted for my use of English. He has whole paragraphs lasting more than one printed page which are made up of just one sentence. He sometimes sets out dialogue with inverted commas, but at other times simply marks speech by indenting the paragraph. Sometimes he will mix the two within one conversation. I am sure Paul Murray knows the "rules" of grammar and punctuation as well as anyone else, but he has the confidence to break them. How does one get there?