About this book
The eagerly-awaited new novel from the Whitbread-shortlisted author, set in St Oswald's, an old and long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England. A bitter grudge, hidden and nurtured for 13 years is about to erupt, and a mysterious insider's practical jokes are gradually escalating towards violence.
At St Oswald's, a long-established boys' grammar school in the north of England, a new year has just begun. 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, the eccentric veteran Latin master, is finally, reluctantly contemplating retirement.