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  • Published: 6 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141025964
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

The Lessons




A modern-day Brideshead Revisited: a group of friends at university, then several years after, when hopes have been shattered and friends and lovers betrayed.

James, always the outsider, enters Oxford - high seat of privilege, wealth and ambition. There he meets Mark Winters - heartbreakingly rich and pitilessly cruel - and the fellow students he has gathered around him. The nights - and many of the days - become one long party.But after university they are each cast out into an indifferent world. Free of Mark and his dark influence, they are lost to one another, until one night tragedy strikes . . .

  • Published: 6 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141025964
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Naomi Alderman

Naomi A. Alderman's first novel, Disobedience, was published in 2006 in ten languages and won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstone's 25 Writers for the Future. Her second novel, The Lessons, was published in April 2010. Naomi was lead writer on the BAFTA-shortlisted alternate reality game Perplex City and writes a weekly games column for the Guardian. Naomi A. Alderman's 2017 novel, The Power was the winner of the 2017 Baileys women’s prize for fiction.

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Praise for The Lessons

Beautifully written, satisfyingly complex

New Statesman

With cool, crisp aplomb, Alderman charts mercurial Mark's increasingly erratic behaviour, a path to ruination that is waymarked by an unsuitable marriage, a desperate affair and a terrible tragedy

Daily Mail

Strong and true . . . hooks you in. A good read

Observer

Beguiling, beautifully caught . . . reminiscent of Brideshead Revisited

Scotsman

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