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Christopher Hughes was a remarkable teacher. He knew every one of the boys in his classes as if he could see into their minds. He was extraordinarily dynamic and more than a little frightening - to pupils and colleagues alike.

Sacrifices begins with his funeral, as his daughter Anna looks back at his life. In the subsequent chapters we see Christopher again through the eyes of those whose lives he touched until at last the kaleidoscope is shaken into focus and we discover the truth about Christopher Hughes, his life and his death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 16mm | 185g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099285940
  • 9780099285946
  • 2,744,353

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"A masterclass in fiction... It offers you one story, but tells you five more"
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"A masterclass in fiction... It offers you one story, but tells you five more" * Independent * "In a work which simultaneously conforms to the broad contours of classical tragedy and evokes recent events in British politics, Fishwick invites compassion for his protagonist as well as for those whose lives have been blighted by his actions" -- Jem Poster * Guardian * "Haunting... the narrative subtly teases out moral and emotional complexities... Fishwick's concern is with the hidden secrets of heart and body, people failing to love those closest to them, harbouring clandestine passions instead... chillingly effective" * Times Literary Supplement * "It is a novel about concealment in which Fishwick, expertly controlling the flow of information, uses a hubbub of voices to potray the depths and shades of a single person" -- Ludovic Hunter-Tilney * Financial Times * "Delicately and gradually, but with a shocking finale that realises the threat sustained throughout the book, we are made aware of the consequences of sacrifices and compromises made in lives lived unsatisfactorily" * Time Out *
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About Michael Fishwick

Michael Fishwick grew up in London and graduated from Oxford. He works in book publishing, is married and has three children. His first novel, Smashing People, was published in 2001.
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3 33% (5)
2 13% (2)
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