October 2015 Debut of the Month.
Terms is a surprisingly powerful little book, it really does pack a mighty punch. James finishes university in the mid 90’s and takes a trip both physically and in memory back to his unconventional school days. Within a few pages it is clear that there is an intriguing and provocative tale waiting to be discovered. Ben Lyle builds the story slowly, shaping the school boy James who is fascinated by the newly arrived teacher who rules with discipline. The story flits between the past and present, the adult James is still sitting on the edge of intimacy, affection and understanding. As the terms at the school pass, suspicion and premonition start to twist together into apprehension for what is to come. The simple style balances on a razor sharp edge with an uncomfortable, complicated truth, ensuring Terms is a convincing and compelling debut. ~ Liz Robinson
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'Terms is both funny and dark. James is wonderful child narrator in the style of Adrian Mole, who says things you wish you had the courage to say. At times you feel the story is going to a place you don’t want it to go, and author, Ben Lyle, handles this side wonderfully. A reader from one of our book groups said: “The overtones black – the revenge deadly.” - Yvonne Barlow, editor, Hookline Books
Twelve-year-old James hates life at his hippy boarding school where lessons are optional, homework forbidden and school rules decided by democratic vote. All he wants is an academic education with proper exams. When a strict new maths teacher strides into this world of peace, love and fringed ponchos, James latches onto him as a symbol of hope. At first, Mervyn's eccentricities seem comic but as a more tragic story unfolds, the adult James is forced to confront his own part in a grand downfall.
'A fascinating and nuanced debut by a new literary talent.' DW Wilson
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Publisher: Hookline Books an imprint of Bookline and Thinker Ltd
|Publication date:||1st September 2015|
|Publisher:||Hookline Books an imprint of Bookline and Thinker Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Ben Lyle attended a succession of eccentric institutions known as 'free' schools, where he couldn't have been happier. He's worked in the film industry for the last fifteen years, while also completing an MA in creative writing at UEA and subsequently a PhD in Film and Television. He lives in South London with his partner. Terms is his first novel. Author photo copyright Nadia Marquard Otsen Below is a Q&A with this author:Did the characters of James and Mervyn lead the plot or did the plot lead them?I was interested in these two characters ...More About Ben Lyle