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Twelve-year-old James hates life at his hippy boarding school where lessons are optional and homework forbidden. All he wants is an academic education with proper exams. When a strict new maths teacher strides into his world, James latches onto him as a symbol of hope. At first, Mervyn’s eccentricities seem comic but as a more tragic story unfolds, the adult James is forced to confront his own part in a grand downfall.
Ben is a film maker, obtained his MA at the University of East Anglia and lives in London.
"A fascinating debut by a new literary talent." DW Wilson