Gentlemen and Players

Paperback edition released 05/06/2006

by Joanne Harris

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LoveReading Expert Review of Gentlemen and Players

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.


Comparison: Kate Atkinson, Sebastian Barry, Marina Lewycka.

 

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

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?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780552770026
Publication date: 5th June 2006
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Collections: Guest Editor, Winter 2020 - Joanne Harris,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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About Joanne Harris

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 ...

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