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The gripping psychological thriller from Joanne Harris, to follow her bestselling Gentlemen & Players and Blueeyedboy. Perfect for fans of Claire Mackintosh, BA Paris, Paula Hawkins and Tracy Chevalier.
'Crime novel or literary novel? Categories really don't matter; readers will find themselves comprehensively gripped.' Independent
'A cracking psychological thriller' Good Housekeeping
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.
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.
The third in the Malbry Cycle of gripping psychological thrillers - the latest of which is A Narrow Door.
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GENTLEMEN & PLAYERS:
‘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
‘A terrific and absorbing suspense novel, with a cast of characters you come to really care about and enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes.’ Peter Robinson
‘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] clever story of obsession and revenge . . . another success.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Delivers an almighty twist in the tale . . . heartbreaking.’ The Times
‘An ingenious, gripping read . . . it terrified the living daylights out of me.’
‘Brilliantly written . . . beware unreliable narrators along with a huge plot twist at the end.’ Mirror --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
After thirty years at St Oswald’s Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its ‘Brodie’ boys, who, whilst of course he doesn’t have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher’s heart. 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.
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.
Set in Malbry, the same Yorkshire village as Gentlemen & Players and Blueeyedboy, Different Class shows Joanne Harris at her darkest and most unsettling, and confirms this impressively versatile writer’s mastery of the psychological thriller genre. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B018X1L38A
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; 1st edition (21 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 8552 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 479 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,894 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And oh....the underlying menace, the dark characters, the secrets, the topical subjects, all contribute to make this book so bloody good.
Straitley would have to be one of my favourite protagonists ever!
Please, please Ms Harris can we have just one more magnificent story of St Oswalds before these old Masters are put out to pasture!
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The book itself is set in a rather old-fashioned British private school - it just about fits into the world of the 2010's, but it's a tight squeeze. The main character, is a fabulously old, grumpy and self-deluded master at the school, and for some reason I kept hearing Stephen Fry's voice as Professor Donald Trefusis while I read the book. It's mostly written in the first person from the point of view of several characters and the plot twist towards the end leads you completely astray. To say more would be to tell too much about what happens.
I loved this book and because it's a deep read, it's on my re-read list to catch up on all the plot points that I missed on first reading. Anyone looking for a really great whodunnit read is in for a treat.
Set in a old style school where Masters wear gowns, call the boys by their surnames & remember every lad they've ever taught, good or bad. Where the Latin Master keeps Allsorts in his desk drawer (against the rules) & has been there seemingly forever. Then a new Head is appointed & he arrives along with the "Suits", the Crisis team who intend to drag the school kicking & screaming into the modern Age. Perhaps it's time for some of the old Masters to retire?
Against this backdrop the tale develops & although it's quite a long story I couldn't put it down. This is why Ms Harris is so good, she hooks you in to the characters & the plot until you just have to know how it unfolds.