Oligarchy (Hardback)
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Oligarchy (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages
Published: 07/11/2019
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Joyously scabrous and bitterly satirical, Thomas’ dive into the callous world of teen privilege is both whiplash smart and unexpectedly poignant. As the comforting tropes of modern life fall away to reveal a dark mystery, Oligarchy trains an unflinching eye on the rituals of private school life and splintered, toxic relationships.  

When Tash, daughter of a Russian oligarch, is sent to an English boarding school, she is new to the strange rituals of the girls there. Theirs is a world of strict pecking orders, eating disorders and Instagram angst. While she spends her time with the other girls at the lake and the stables, a hand-picked few are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and quickly the routines of her dorm-mates seem darker and more alien than ever before.

Oligarchy is the fierce new novel about power, privilege and peer pressure from the bestselling author of The End of Mr. Y.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781786897794
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 240 x 147 x 24 mm
Edition: Main


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Entertaining, irreverent and wrong-hilarious . . . Hugely enjoyable. It's about as menacing as a cool girl's black glitter nail polish - and just as much fun - BIDISHA, Observer

Thomas's humour has a sharp, rhythmic perfection. Her prose is fast-thinking, entertaining and punchy, her dialogue fully authentic . . . Intriguing, fluid and frequently funny - New York Times Book Review

Wickedly funny . . . Thomas has great fun with the familiar components of the boarding school yarn, even as she subverts them. Her writing is spikily humorous and controlled . . . This jet-black novel begs to be dramatised - The Times

Oligarchy is a delicious slap in the face; stunningly intelligent, alarmingly modern, hilariously funny, deeply pertinent, true, fantastical and several hankies'-worth of poignant - LOUISA YOUNG

Riotously funny . . . There are few more vivaciously original novelists around today, and surely none of them is having as much fun while making serious points . . . Quite brilliant . . . There have been many other notable novels about schools . . . but none so entertaining since Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Spectator

Wrapping a murder mystery in a wicked comedy of manners, this instantly engaging novel untangles the perverse contradictions of how society contrives to fear, ignore and fetishise teenage girls. Viciously funny, with a killer turn of phrase - Metro

An intricate black jewel of a novel. Weeks later I'm still thinking about it - KIRSTY LOGAN

Great fun, a knowing satire of British private schoolgirls, their snobberies and obsessions, and especially their body-image anxieties . . . Thomas clearly knows how to craft a very funny sentence, and has profound insight into the issues she is writing about - Guardian

This is the boarding school novel in the age of #thinspo, Instagram, blockchain and the dark web, all written in Thomas's lush and funny style - Stylist

Thomas's prose is fast-thinking, entertaining and punchy - New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

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“Scarlett Thomas – Oligarchy”

When Natasha arrives from Russia at her new boarding school in rural England, she struggles to adapt. Not only the foreign language, but the special language all these year-11 girls from superrich families use. Yet,... More

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“Delightfully twisty school story”

'Sometimes she also prays for peace, and joy, and to be thin. Sometimes she even prays for the villagers, that they might become thin too.'

The thing - one of many things - I like about Scarlett... More

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“A confusing mess”

‘The joy in eating went a long time ago, of course, but now there is not even joy in starving’.

Natasha is the daughter of a Russian Oligarch, sent to a boarding school in England. Her new group of friends are... More

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