Review of ‘Different Class’ by Joanne Harris

Stevie Turner

I do like reading bestsellers, and ‘Different Class’ by Joanne Harris is usually ranked quite high on Amazon.


Apparently the author taught French at a boys’ school. I don’t know if this school was a state school or a private one, but Ms Harris describes the staff of St. Oswald’s private school very well.  There is Roy Straitley, dyed-in-the-wool Latin master of 30 years, and Harry Clarke, bohemian free spirit and friend of the boys to name but two.  When Johnny Harrington, the new headmaster, arrives at St. Oswald’s,  Roy realises he taught him years before and didn’t like him then.  Now Harrington is full of new ideas that do not appeal to Roy Straitley.  Over a period of time, Roy starts to wonder whether there is a conspiracy to edge him out.

There are the usual secrets between the boys just bubbling below the surface for the reader…

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