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The School Of Night
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  • Published: 7 December 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285861
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99
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Alan Wall's best novel yet

Criminal's son Sean Tallow only has two over-riding desires in life. One is to step into the shoes of his glamorous friend Daniel Pagett and the other is to establish the truth about the School of Night, the shadowy group of Elizabethans who clustered around Sir Walter Raleigh.
During his years working for the BBC he pursues the School of Night and its entanglement in the question of whether the man from Stratford-on-Avon could really have written the plays ascribed to William Shakespeare. If he didn't, then who did? The harder he studies, the less light is thrown on this troublesome question. In fact he begins to realise that he is no longer merely studying the School of Night; he has enrolled in it as a member.
But there is more to come when his final, nocturnal partnership with his old friend Dan Pagett at last permits him to achieve both of his original ambitions, though in a manner he could never have imagined. Day becomes night as everything he once believed is turned on its head, and he enters a fearful world where there are no longer any rules except survival. Like the original members of the School of Night, he finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

  • Pub date: 7 December 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099285861
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Alan Wall

Alan Wall was born in Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was educated there and at Pembroke College, Oxford. His novels include Bless The Thief, The Lightning Cage and, most recently, The School of Night. He is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Writing and now teaches creative writing full time at University College Chester.

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Praise for The School Of Night

“A shimmering gift of a book. Propelled by an imaginative force seldom seen in modern fiction The School of Night performs that most rare of literary feats, to become an uncompromising and discerning novel saturated with the traits of a contemporary classic”

Mike Wiltshire, Waterstones

“A perfectly put together, all-consuming tale of an obsessive search for the truth and a boundless friendship taken to its summit”

Joe Melia, Waterstones


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