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    • Publication date:30 Aug 2012
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Alone in the Classroom

By Elizabeth Hay

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  • ISBN: 9780857051868
  • Publication date: 30 Aug 2012
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: MacLehose Press
'A testament to the quality of Hay's writing that the lack of a traditional ending tantalises ... Principal Parley Burns, who moves through the school 'like mustard gas in subtle form', is one of the most memorable villains I've ever encountered' Guardian. — Guardian
'a story of murder and obsessive love in prairie Canada, and better even than Alice Munro' Nicholas Shakespeare. — Nicholas Shakespeare
'Alone in the Classroom is meant to be read slowly, or even better, read twice' Aritha van Herk, Toronto Globe & Mail. — Toronto Globe & Mail
'An ambitious vision and unusually literary page-turner' Calgary Herald. — Calgary Herald
'beautifully written ... an atmospheric, haunting novel that explores the impact of past events on a new generation' We Love This Book. — We Love This Book
'Her pages ... blurred in my tears ... should be read carefully in order to appreciate its richness and its author's genius as a storyteller' Bookgroupinfo. — Bookgroupinfo
'Highly accomplished and resourceful writer' The Spectator. — Spectator
'one to savour' BookOxygen. — BookOxygen
'unforgettable' The Literary Review. — Literary Review
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