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Different Class by Joanne Harris
  

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After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go - the clowns, the rebels, the underdogs, and those he calls his Brodie boys. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy capable of twisting everything around him. A boy with hidden shadows inside...

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Different Class by Joanne Harris

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

Reviews

'A magnificently plotted and twisty journey to the heart of a 24-year-old crime...darkly humorous...constantly wrongfoots and misdirects...up to a satisfyingly eccentric conclusion.' Observer

'Slowly, Harris reveals tiny clues, withholding full explanations until the startling denouement. Classy writing, sensitive and moving.' The Times

'Harris pulls off an impeccable thriller denouement...consistently entertaining. -- John Dugdale Sunday Times

'A masterpiece of misdirection.' -- Val McDermid

's laugh along the way ... exquisitely sinister... Part black comedy, part thriller, and totally enjoyable.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris was our Guest Editor in June 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on JOANNE HARRIS

I have thoroughly enjoyed all Joanne Harris’s books but Gentlemen and Players I quite simply adored. I loved the character Roy Straightley, an aging Classic’s teacher with a dicky heart, clinging tenaciously to honest old values, his delightfully ironic sense of humour, his warmth, his dedication. In his secure hands we are led into such a gripping story with so many twist and turns that my only sadness was that it had to end.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th February 2017

Author

Joanne Harris

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www.joanne-harris.co.uk/

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Literary Fiction
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Thriller / suspense
Crime & mystery
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552777018

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