Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris Reviews
Description:ISBN 0552770027 / Author: Joanne Harris / Genre: Fiction / The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in ... more
Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris ... the north of England. A new year has just begun, and 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, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, 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. Who is Mole, the mysterious insider, whose cruel practical jokes are gradually escalating towards violence - and perhaps, murder? And how can an old and half-forgotten scandal become the stone that brings down a giant?
Newest Review: ... very protective of his students. He is also one of Snyde's main targets, as he was a witness to an incident many years ago ... more
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by - written on 23/02/07 (Very useful, 708 readings)
"The place is St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A new year has just begun, and 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, Latin master, eccentric, and veteran of St Oswald's, 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 fifteen years, is about to erupt. Who is "Mole", the mysterious insider, whose cruel practical jokes Read the complete review
by - written on 15/10/06 (Very useful, 149 readings)
Although I enjoyed the film Chocolat, I’ve never been particularly drawn to read any of Joanne Harris’ books. However, as soon as I read a review of Gentlemen & Players, I knew I had to read it. So determined to read it was I that I actually bought a copy – something I rarely do these days, preferring to save paper and borrow books from libraries. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed. There is an air of mystery about the story that drew me into it and kept me going until I had got to the end. Roy Straitley is Latin master at St Oswald’s, a boy’s grammar school. About to retire, he is expecting to get through his final terms without much in the way of surprises. ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/02/14 (Very useful, 25 readings)
Gentlemen & Players is a crime novel written by the very talented author Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat). Normally I am not a fan of Harris' crime writing, I prefer the magic that is involved in some of her other work. But after a few pages I found myself easily drawn in to this one, and struggled to put it down. The story is set in a fictional, boys-only private school named St Oswalds. As with many of Harris's other books the story is written from two points of view, in this case from the point of view of the child of a former porter, named Snyde, and the Classics professor Rob Straitley. Straitly is a very old fashioned character, he is ... Read the complete review
by - written on 13/05/11 (Useful, 17 readings)
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, from an author I had never come across before. Gentlemen and Players is a story of a child growing up in a troubled - and comparitively poor - home who looks upon the prestigious St Oswald's grammar school for boys with awe and longing. In time this main character finds a way to become a 'pupil' at this school, despite not being able to afford the required fees, and enters a whole new world and ultimately triggers a series of unfortunate events. The story is told from the point of view of both the child (both as a child and once grown up) and of one of the teachers, or 'masters', at the grammar school and this ... Read the complete review
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