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Different Class by [Joanne Harris]

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'Not just witty and often hilarious but compellingly suspenseful, Different Class is both a splendidly dark comedy and a disturbing absolute delight.' Ramsey Campbell


‘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.’
Daily Express

‘Brilliantly written . . . beware unreliable narrators along with a huge plot twist at the end.’
Mirror --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Fun Facts About Murder: Use Coca-Cola to clean up blood spills. The combination of ascorbic acid and carbonated water actually digests the blood, leaving no trace of evidence.

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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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Joanne Harris is the internationally renowned and award-winning author of eighteen novels, plus novellas, scripts, short stories, libretti, lyrics, articles, and most recently, a self-help book for writers, TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING. In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and is Chair of the Society of Authors.

Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She is active on Twitter, where she writes stories and gives writing tips as @joannechocolat; she posts weekly writing seminars on YouTube; she performs in a live music and storytelling show with the #Storytime Band; and she works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

She also has a form of synaesthesia which enables her to smell colours. Red, she says, smells of chocolate.

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