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Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

About the book

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.

Reviewed by Enjoying Books Reading Group:

Intriguing book – very clever though out plot. A really good page turner. Evil and enjoyable at the same time. Excellent author.

Star rating: ***/****

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2 thoughts on “Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris”

  1. Review by Museum Book Group:
    A very readable book with an intriguing plot. Narrated by a pupil (comprehensive secondary school) and an old master (grammar school – classics). Two storylines set eight years apart, combine to bring the story to its devious denouement with a twist (unexpected) at its end. Provoked lively discussion about school/teachers and pupils, regarding attitudes to each other.
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by Milford Reading Group:
    Unusual plot – interestingly written. The pace of the story varies but fascinating towards the end of the book.
    Star rating: ***


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