One of Anne Berry's favourite books.
So different from her lyrical, female-based French novels for this one is set in an English Grammar School and is very much a thriller. Fast-paced and suspenseful, with an unexpected twist, it flows easily between two narratives with both humour and dark undertones. It is a most rewarding read.
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.
The place is St Oswaldâ€™s, 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 Oswaldâ€™s, is finally â€“ reluctantly â€“ 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 â€“ and perhaps, murder? And how can an old and half-forgotten scandal become the stone that brings down a giant?
|Publication date:||5th June 2006|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Collections:||Guest Editor, Winter 2020 - Joanne Harris,|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
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 ...More About Joanne Harris