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Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris St. Oswalds Grammar School for Boys is an exclusive British institution, a bastion of tradition and privilege. Roy Straitley is an aging Classics teacher about to reach his 100th term at the school. The sameness and relative serenity of St Oswalds is about to be shattered. A new teacher is up to no good, determined to wreak havoc, perhaps even destroy the school and all those in it. Ultimately, this will become a battle between the honorable Straitley and the wretch bent on revenge and destruction. This is a very engaging read, told alternately from the perspectives of Straitley and his nemesis. It takes place in two times as well, the present, in which small things disappear, evidence appears to incriminate people who are accused of crimes they did not commit. Pawns are used and sacrificed in the deadly game. We are also shown the roots of this evil, fifteen years prior, in which the young person comes to despise the school and its inhabitants. A game of chess, both then and now. Fun, fast reading, thrilling and with an excellent final-chapter twist. Heartily recommended, purely as entertainment.