Players by Joanne Harris, best known for Chocolat
and Five Quarters of the Orange. She has crafted a devious, delightful mystery
set in a prestigious English boy’s School.
The characters are wonderfully quirky, the plot complex. Roy, the
Classics Master, has taught 100 terms at St. Oswald. His walls are covered with pictures of his
boys. Now someone with a grudge is out
to destroy St. Oswald. Roy will need all
his wiles to save his beloved school!
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.