The new adult novel from the bestselling author of The End of Mr. Y, about power, privilege and peer pressure
A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN EVENING STANDARD and METRO
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 with the other girls at the lake and the stables, a hand-picked few are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and quickly the routines of her dorm-mates seem darker and more alien than ever before.
Oligarchy is the fierce new novel about power, privilege and peer pressure from the bestselling author of The End of Mr. Y.
“A fast, fizzy read … 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”
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”Oligarchy is a delicious slap in the face; stunningly intelligent, alarmingly modern, hilariously funny, deeply pertinent, true, fantastical and several hankies’-worth of poignant”
“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”
“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”
“An intricate black jewel of a novel. Weeks later I’m still thinking about it”
Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her novels include Bright Young Things, PopCo, Our Tragic Universe and The Seed Collectors. She is Professor of Creative Writing & Contemporary Fiction at the University of Kent.