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Old 08-05-2018, 06:40 PM   #46
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I nominate Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris. From Goodreads:

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Audere, agere, auferre. To dare, to strive, to conquer. For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than thirty years. But this year the wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork, and information technology are beginning to overshadow St. Oswald's tradition, and Straitley is finally, and reluctantly, contemplating retirement. He is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who -- unbeknownst to Straitley and everyone else -- holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of St. Oswald's ways and secrets. Harboring dark ties to the school's past, this young teacher has arrived with one terrible goal: to destroy St. Oswald's.

As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike. Beginning as small annoyances -- a lost pen, a misplaced coffee mug -- they are initially overlooked. But as the incidents escalate in both number and consequence, it soon becomes apparent that a darker undercurrent is stirring within the school. With St. Oswald's unraveling, only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. The veteran teacher faces a formidable opponent, however -- a master player with a bitter grudge and a strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final move, a secret game with very real, very deadly consequences.

A harrowing tale of cat and mouse, this riveting, hypnotically atmospheric novel showcases New York Times bestselling author Joanne Harris's astonishing storytelling talent as never before.
Prices seem reasonable: $US7.99, $C7.99, $A12.99, GBP0.99 - time to travel again! All from Kobo.

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Old 08-05-2018, 06:42 PM   #47
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I will second Gentlemen and Players as my last vote.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:42 PM   #48
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Seconded. Sounds like fun! (And a quick travel to the UK seems in order.)
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:43 PM   #49
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CRussel and I posted at the exact same time!
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:44 PM   #50
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I'll accept one of them as a third! Thank you.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:26 PM   #51
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CRussel and I posted at the exact same time!
Nope, you beat me to it. I saw yours pop up just as I hit Submit Reply. But that's OK. It was mine that put it over the top.
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my original choice was A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic, because I'd read another of his books, but it's not available in Australia or the UK.
It is in fact available in Australia and I suspect also in the UK though I haven't checked the latter. For some perverse reason the title in Australia (and probably the UK) is "Rupture". As one would expect in Australia, agency prevails and the Kindle Edition is $12.99 for this 2009 reprinted book. Not available in Overdrive in about 6 Australian libraries courtesy of the Chrome library extension. Could be available in freading, boorowbox, cloudlibrary etc. Haven't checked.

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Old 08-06-2018, 12:49 AM   #53
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Here are the links for my nomination, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Amazon Kobo $9.99 US, Amazon CA CDN$12.99, Amazon AU AU$7.99, Amazon UK £4.99, OverDrive
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It is in fact available in Australia and I suspect also in the UK though I haven't checked the latter. For some perverse reason the title in Australia (and probably the UK) is "Rupture". As one would expect in Australia, agency prevails and the Kindle Edition is $12.99 for this 2009 reprinted book. Not available in Overdrive in about 6 Australian libraries courtesy of the Chrome library extension. Could be available in freading, boorowbox, cloudlibrary etc. Haven't checked.

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Oh well. Thanks for the info. Since he's a British author, I should have realized; I usually look at Fantastic Fiction for alternate titles, but clearly I didn't this time.

I am listening to A Thousand Cuts right now, with a few hours to go. So far, it is excellent. It works especially well as an audiobook, with the main narrative (the investigation of the school shooting) in third person, interspersed with first-person witness accounts performed by a variety of other actors.
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Time to exercise your civic duty, folks!

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