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on 24 February 2012
Trendy, West Country public school Knotshead is a place where the rich and the famous send their children to be educated. Struggling under the management of an ineffectual headmaster the establishment lurches between crises and scandals.
When Alice (swotty sister-in-law of the headmaster)and Winthrop (much expelled son of an American billionaire) form an unlikely alliance against the school bully (rock star's son Johnny Tore), the ultimate result is tragedy. But along the way there's plenty of dark humour and a rich cast of characters. Perhaps a few too many characters where the staff are concerned as it was sometimes hard to keep track.
At its heart this book is a scathing satire on progressive education - guaranteed to have Guardian readers spluttering indignantly into their fair trade coffee. Nonetheless it has a high entertainment value and keeps you turning the pages, vividly capturing the conflicting forces and random cruelties of school life.
The Kindle edition has a few too many errors for my liking which is disappointing in a book from a relatively big name author.