Gentlemen and Players: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
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For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. This year, however, the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally, reluctantly, contemplating retirement. As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike, beginning as small annoyances but soon escalating in both number and consequence. St. Oswald's is unraveling, and only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. But he faces a formidable opponent with a bitter grudge and a master strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final, deadly move.

 

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

Quite different from Joanne Harris's earlier works, this is set in a British public (ie private) school. It's a tale of revenge, but very cleverly written. Two narrators, two viewpoints, and a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa.Johnson.James - LibraryThing

This story is chock FULL of plot twists & turns, sadness, & humor. It's one of the best rotational first person narrator books I've read in a long time. Just when you THINK you've figured out who is ... Read full review

Contents

Pawn
1
King
13
Knight
87
En Passant
139
Check
201
Bishop
257
Queen
321
Mate
375
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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.

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