Harris goes back to school for gripping read

Gentlemen & Players, by Joanne Harris, Doubleday, €14.

29th October, 2005

Gentlemen & Players, by Joanne Harris, Doubleday, €14.

The Michaelmas term has started at St Oswald's grammar school for boys, and the opening lines of Gentlemen & Players spell a warning of mischief and murder.

The story is narrated by two voices: Snyde, a new teacher whose father, the school porter, left ignominiously 15 years ago, and Roy Straitley, Latin master and seasoned campaigner, who is hoping to make his century of terms in a...

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