For generations, elite young men have attended Saint Oswald s School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric classics teacher who has been a revered fixture for more than thirty years. Contemplating retirement, he is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who unknown to Straitley and everyone else holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of Saint Oswald s ways and secrets. Harboring dark ties to the school s past, this young teacher has arrived with one terrible goal: to destroy Saint Oswald s.
Told in alternating voices, "Gentlemen & Players" is a riveting, hypnotically atmospheric novel of suspense that showcases Joanne Harris astonishing storytelling talent."
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Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.From AudioFile:
Joanne Harris has left her very successful franchise of tales about magical French food for the austere world of a British "public" grammar school for boys, and she's made a stunning success of it. Her plot here consists of a cat-and-mouse game between a new teacher at upper-crust St. Oswald's, who for ancient reasons wants to destroy the school, and a very senior--some would say superannuated--Latin master who alone understands that there is a plot, not a series of unrelated catastrophes. Steven Pacey creates different, yet wholly believable, voices for the two narrators, who are 35 years apart in age and so deeply different psychologically that it's hard to believe it's one actor. A dazzling performance and wickedly good entertainment. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description London, United Kingdom: Transworld Publishers Limited, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0385603665