‘Hugely enjoyable’ Observer
‘Wickedly funny’ The Times
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 at the lake and the stables, a few hand-picked girls are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and the routines of her dormmates seem darker and more alien than ever before.
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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