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School Ties: Good and Bad at Games; Dutch Girls Paperback – 31 Oct 1985


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (31 Oct. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140084355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140084351
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Boyd is the author of ten novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year, the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and a Richard & Judy selection, and most recently, the bestselling Ordinary Thunderstorms.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas N. Orchard on 29 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book contains William Boyd's TV screenplay double-bill Dutch Girls and Good and Bad at Games. But best of all is his non-fiction introduction about his own schooldays at Gordonstoun in Scotland. Boyd is very frank about the bullying, misbehaving, eating and other conduct that he and other boys got up to. (He admits to drinking a mind-boggling 20 cups of coffee a day at school simply because he was bored.) He muses on the bullying and the effect it might have had on boys in later life. This is then brought out in the fictional script, Good and Bad at Games, in which a bullied loner misfit, Cox, ruminates on his plight throughout his 20's and then decides to get revenge against his main tormenter at a cricket match. A decade later no one remembers who he is or why he's so embittered of course. I guess this piece shows that you mustn't hold grudges but move on in your life. The other TV play, Dutch Girls, is far more light-hearted and features a teacher (Bill Paterson) obsessed with Vincent Van Gogh taking his pupils to Holland to view the great master's art. It is still about obsession but is nowhere near as nasty. Timothy Spall also stars as a working-class boy at a private school and naturally ribbed for this. Both plays were screened on ITV in 1983 and 1985 respectively and haven't been shown since which is a pity. But you can still read the book which is outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geoffrey Harrison on 6 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I have not read the book but back in the 80s I saw the TV film with Anton Lesser playing Cox. I forget which channel made it and I wish they'd made a DVD for purchase but obviously not.
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By Sarah on 29 Nov. 2013
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excellent book by an excellent author. I wish I had time to read every single book that he has written!!!
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Not new and somewhat marked. Acceptable for the money.
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