The Schoolhouse (Paperback)
  • The Schoolhouse (Paperback)
zoom

The Schoolhouse (Paperback)

(author)
3 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 04/05/2023
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

Shortlisted for the Polari Book Prize 2023

Isobel lives an isolated life in North London, where she works at a nearby library. She feels safe, so long as she keeps to her routines and doesn't let her thoughts stray too far into the past. But a newspaper photograph of a missing local schoolgirl and a letter from her old teacher send her spiralling and bring back the trauma of what happened years ago, when she was a pupil at The Schoolhouse.

The Schoolhouse was a 1970s experimental school where Isobel's days were a dark interplay of freedom and adventure, violence and fear. The only record of what happened there lies in the pages of her teenage diary.

The Schoolhouse taught Isobel that some truths must never be revealed, but as police investigating the missing girl start to ask uncomfortable questions, she realises the truth is coming for her - and it will put her, and everyone she has tried to protect, at risk.

From the Booker Prize-longlisted author of Love and Other Thought Experiments comes a masterful and gripping thriller about truth, silence, and the dead weight of the past.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472156303
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The Schoolhouse is taut, gripping and intensely moving right until the very last page. I truly couldn't put Sophie Ward's beautifully written novel down - Susannah Wise, author of This Fragile Earth

The Schoolhouse is a real 'stand-out-from-the-crowd' book, with an absorbing plot from the get-go; part detective novel, part taut, cerebral thriller . . . A masterful rendition of the tensions and realities of human resilience and emotional frailty - Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh

The Schoolhouse is a legit crime thriller: stylish, pacey and genuinely frightening . . . If only more Booker-recognised writers did stuff this fun - Susie Goldsbrough, The Times

A tense, taut drama that questions how childhood trauma affects adult behaviour - Joanne Finney, Good Housekeeping

Queerness and deafness sit alongside themes of resilience and trust, making for an evocative, well-paced narrative that's sure to win her new readers - Hephzibah Anderson, Guardian

Ward proves she can construct a compelling, fast-moving narrative (with an extended action-packed denouement). What's best about her novels, however, is her gift for bringing characters to life, which means that whether her writing is disconcertingly strange or, as here, treads at times on over-familiar territory, it always delivers a real emotional impact. - The Telegraph

A literary provocateur . . . [Ward writes with] considerable insight and humanity . . . this novel has much to say about childhood . . . Ward unpicks the damage caused not just by people intent on harm, but those around them who, blinded by idealism, prejudice or laziness, cannot see what is right before their eyes. Her anger is palpable, but so too is her compassion - Clare Clark, Guardian

The mysteries of the child's disappearance and of what scarred Isobel so deeply 15 years earlier make the book a page-turner, with some intriguing themes of trauma and abuse - The Herald

You may also be interested in...

The Last Devil To Die
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Tom Lake
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Guest
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Added to basket
Kairos
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Housekeepers
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Strange Sally Diamond
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
You Like It Darker
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback
Close to Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Housemaid
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Prophet Song
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Thursday Murder Club
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Bee Sting
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Yellowface
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Added to basket
The Ferryman
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

“A highly readable cop drama / childhood trauma romp”

Highly recommend to anyone like me who loves watching Unsolved Mysteries on loop, but with less aliens and more disappearances or cold cases. The Schoolhouse has three different narrative perspectives chains across... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 10

“A captivating thriller”

Ward beautifullt intertwines the story of Isobel, a student of the 'Schoolhouse' in the 1970s with that of Caitlin, a missing child from the 1990s, punctuating the story with Isobel's childhood diary... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 10
Amalia Gkavea

“An exceptional work, one of the finest novels of the year.”

‘’The university library was housed in an unimposing corner of North London, halfway up the Holloway Road. A small campus occupied the grounds of a former landfill site and seagulls still circled overhead, drawn by... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 9

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: