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The Lessons by Naomi Alderman
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"Edgy, well written novel which tackles life's lessons."
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James arrives at Oxford and discovers he's no longer the top of his class at high school. What's more everyone seems to be having more of everything! More fun, more money, more parties, more marks! Just as he reaches his lowest ebb he meets Jess who introduces him to a more interesting side of Oxford in the home of deeply disturbed but very rich Mark whose hospitality knows no end. James learns many lessons through the book. The disturbing prologue leaves you uneasily waiting for what must come. A well written novel which has lots of understated lessons on life and death, and how we come to understand them.


Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion, unknown to any but the few who possess a key to its unassuming front gate. Its owner is the mercurial, charismatic Mark Winters, whose rackety trust-fund upbringing has left him as troubled and unpredictable as he is wildly promiscuous. Mark gathers around him an impressionable group of students: glamorous Emmanuella, who always has a new boyfriend in tow; Franny and Simon, best friends and occasional lovers; and, musician Jess, whose calm exterior hides passionate depths. And James, already damaged by Oxford and looking for a group to belong to. For a time they live in a charmed world of learning and parties and love affairs. But university is no grounding for adult life, and when, years later, tragedy strikes they are entirely unprepared. Universal in its themes of ambition, desire and betrayal, this spellbinding novel reflects the truth that the lessons life teaches often come too late.

Author Biography

Naomi Alderman's debut novel Disobedience was the winner of the Orange Award for New Writers 2006, and in 2007 she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. She also writes online games, is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and lives in London.
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April 15th, 2010
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United Kingdom
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