Title: Different Class
Authors: Harris, Joanne
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 413
Year: 2016
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Language: English
Description: With 30 years' experience under his belt, Roy Straitley, Latin Master at St Oswald's Grammar, can spot trouble a mile off. What he is not expecting, however, is the return, 20 years later, of a student he'd deemed to be troublesome; Johnny Harrington, the new headmaster. This 'new broom', this Superhead with his crisis deputies, has arrived to save St Oswald's from itself, a disturbing prospect given his involvement in a scandal that saw a teacher imprisoned.

Narrated by the irascible Roy and an anonymous diarist, the author's return to this North Yorkshire school delivers a gripping psychological thriller, clever with misdirection and black humour, and its acute observations of school life.
Categories: Fiction, Community, Gender Issues, Human Rights, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, England, 2019 Titles


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By: AUCK 209 2019-05-27 14:47:17
Very good book. Had enough unanswered questions to keep us really interested until the conclusion, where everything came together with panache!

By: AUCK 255 2019-05-25 12:52:43
Confusing intertwined morbid story. Some members of the group found it a labour to read.

By: WANAK 020 2019-04-03 13:40:33
Great discussions, but many struggled reading the book, and only 3/10 completed it. Found the characters confusing.

By: DUNED 001 2019-03-27 13:07:59
Mixed reception to this book - most enjoyed it. Good discussion re schooling and teachers.

By: TAUR 022 2019-03-27 13:05:34
Good Book Club choice.

By: AUCK 006 2019-03-27 13:04:56
As a group we declared this book "Morbidly interesting'!! Not quite a 'couldn't put it down' book as it was a rather confusing read, but rather a book that needed to be read to find out whether or not your initial thoughts were accurate or not - mine weren't. For a book that wasn't a particularly easy read, those of us who finished it managed a really enthusiastic discussion. We wouldn't especially recommend the book to other groups, as it dealt with some pretty unpleasant characters, but if this is going to be the calibre of our books this year, all we can say is "Bring them on'!!

By: AUCK 058 2019-03-27 12:58:20
The group was divided on this book - about half thought it was dense and difficult, and the other half found the characterisation and plot twists enthralling. Much to discuss in this book from the Latin phrases to school life in the 1980's.

By: ASHB 027 2019-03-08 14:28:46
This was not a book to love but it was typical Joanne Harris with its twists and turns, dark characterisations and very visual language. The gripping finale made it a compulsive read. Could maybe have been edited as it dragged in places but the complex characters and story line with the twist at the end kept you invested in it.

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