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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
  

Gentlemen and Players

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Joanne Harris, Whitbread shortlisted but better known for her French & Food novels, takes a radical and thrilling departure with her latest. Revenge, mystery and very clever plotting makes this one of her most accomplished to date.

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Synopsis

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

The place is St Oswaldâs, an old and long-established boysâ grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and for the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world and Roy Straitley, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswaldâs, is finally – reluctantly – contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs. And a bitter grudge, hidden and carefully nurtured for thirteen years, is about to erupt. Who is Mole, the mysterious insider, whose cruel practical jokes are gradually escalating towards violence – and perhaps, murder? And how can an old and half-forgotten scandal become the stone that brings down a giant?

Reviews

[A ] gripping psychological thriller... Harris is one of our most accomplished novelists and GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS, with its pace, wit and acute observation, shows her at the top of her form
DAILY EXPRESS



'[A] delicious black comedy ... the plot is so cleverly constructed, the tension so unflagging, you'd think she'd been writing thrillers all her life'
DAILY MAIL



'With a lightness of touch, Harris illuminates just how resentment of privilege and exclusion can lead to violent resolutions... Marvellously mischievous'
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING



'[A] clever story of obsession and revenge... Ms Harris has scored another success'
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH



'A classic whodunnit with the characters carefully crafted and the tension at a knife edge'
SUNDAY EXPRESS TOP TEN FICTION 2005

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

1st October 2005

Author

Joanne Harris

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
512 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780385603669

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