Gentlemen & Players

Gentlemen & Players

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At St Oswald's, a long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England, a new year has just begun. 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, the eccentric veteran Latin master, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 34mm | 358.34g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770027
  • 9780552770026
  • 84,192

Review quote

"[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] 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 * "With a lightness of touch, Harris illuminates just how resentment of privilege and exclusion can lead to violent resolutions... Marvellously mischievous" * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * "[A] clever story of obsession and revenge... Ms Harris has scored another success" * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * "A classic whodunnit with the characters carefully crafted and the tension at a knife edge" * SUNDAY EXPRESS (TOP TEN FICTION 2005) *show more

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, Sleep Pale Sister, Gentlemen & Players and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.show more

Review Text

"A classic whodunnit with the characters carefully crafted and the tension at a knife edge"show more

Back cover copy

'A clever story of obsession and revenge...another success' Sunday Telegraph At St Oswald's, a long-established boys' grammar school in Malbry in Yorkshire, a new year has just begun. 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, the eccentric veteran Latin master, 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. 'Wildly entertaining...a literary gobstopper with an aniseed heart' Independent on Sunday '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 'Book groups of the world, watch out' Guardian www.joanne-harris.co.ukshow more

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11,120 ratings
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4 40% (4,450)
3 24% (2,644)
2 6% (660)
1 2% (182)
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