Craig's clever and disturbing second novel, out of print too long, is a welcome reissue on Kindle, offering as it does a glimpse into the rituals and rivalries of a closed world - that of Knotshead, a 'progressive' public school. Even those without first-hand experience of such an institution may recognize, in this account of the splendours and miseries of adolescence, aspects of their own growing-up... For here, sharply delineated, are some all-too familiar types: the likable but easily influenced Grub, who colludes in the bullying of others - notably the intellectually precocious Alice - because it is a safer option than being one of the bullied. Presiding over this reign of terror is the dangerously unstable Jono, neglected son of a famous rock-star, who takes out his resentment on those least able to defend themselves. The casual racism, anti-semitism and misogyny which characterizes these persecutions of fellow pupils deemed to be 'Rejects' is authentically chilling; although there are flashes of humour, when those being picked upon find themselves in a position to exact revenge. For Alice, increasingly isolated by her perceived 'swottishness', the chance to get her own back comes, not through intellectual effort, but because she is singled out for the amorous attentions of another 'Reject', the rich and good-looking American, Winthrop. What follows is a funny and occasionally very dark coming-of-age story, which is also an indictment, one cannot help but feel, of a certain type of laissez-faire liberal education.