Gentlemen and Players

by Joanne Harris

Crime / Mystery Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Gentlemen and Players

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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Gentlemen and Players Synopsis

The place is St Oswald’s, an old and long-established boys’ 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 Oswald’s, 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?

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ISBN: 9780385603669
Publication date: 01/10/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780385603669
Publication date: 1st October 2005
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Literary Fiction,
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About 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, ...

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