It was a big day for Cuthbertson's Regional School, and it would go off like a bomb.Donald Cuthbertson prided himself on being a model for his students and teachers, but he had lately begun to lose his focus. Degree Day is approaching, along with a birthday party for his wife, Lavinia, who is not going quietly into middle age. Her lavish costume party provides the revelers with a darkly comic resolution to romantic dalliance and political intrigue.
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Cuthbertson's Regional School of Further Studies is an unconventional centre of learning, a school where "value for money" is all important. But this perverted idealism creates problems - not least his wife Lavinia's designs on Mr Honeyball - that come to a head on Degree day, her 40th birthday.About the Author:
Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.
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