A Different Class by Joanne Harris

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An excellent, brooding drama with some of the same characters from an earlier book, Gentlemen and Players. The characters and storyline stand alone, and it is not necessary to have read the first.  Roy Straightley is Latin Master at St Oswalds Grammar School in North Yorkshire. Over the years he has taught many boys; a few of which stand out in his memory – mostly because of their troubled natures. The story is narrated by two voices; one of which is the dry, witty voice of Straightley. The other voice is initially anonymous, and in the form of the diary entries of a seriously disturbed mind. I enjoyed trying to match up this second voice with the array of characters as observed by Straightley. Suspense is built up by the feeling and expectation of the meeting place of these two converging stories. Gripping and entirely absorbing.

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After thirty years at St Oswald’s Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its ‘Brodie’ boys who, whilst of course he doesn’t have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher’s heart. But every so often there’s a boy who doesn’t fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside.

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher’s dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

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