Christopher Hughes was a remarkable teacher. He knew every one of the boys in his classes as if he could see into their minds. He was extraordinarily dynamic and more than a little frightening - to pupils and colleagues alike.
Sacrifices begins with his funeral, as his daughter Anna looks back at his life. In the subsequent chapters we see Christopher again through the eyes of those whose lives he touched until at last the kaleidoscope is shaken into focus and we discover the truth about Christopher Hughes, his life and his death.
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"A masterclass in fiction... It offers you one story, but tells you five more" ( Independent)
"In a work which simultaneously conforms to the broad contours of classical tragedy and evokes recent events in British politics, Fishwick invites compassion for his protagonist as well as for those whose lives have been blighted by his actions" (Jem Poster Guardian)
"Haunting... the narrative subtly teases out moral and emotional complexities... Fishwick's concern is with the hidden secrets of heart and body, people failing to love those closest to them, harbouring clandestine passions instead... chillingly effective" ( Times Literary Supplement)
"It is a novel about concealment in which Fishwick, expertly controlling the flow of information, uses a hubbub of voices to potray the depths and shades of a single person" (Ludovic Hunter-Tilney Financial Times)
"Delicately and gradually, but with a shocking finale that realises the threat sustained throughout the book, we are made aware of the consequences of sacrifices and compromises made in lives lived unsatisfactorily" ( Time Out)
The pleasure lies in savouring Fishwick’s prose. He has a real gift for capturing the difference voices of the characters… This is a literary, melancholic novel - The Times
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Book Description Vintage, 2007. Book Condition: New. N/A. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67914203