Engleby (Sebastian Faulks)

“Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a ‘traditional’ school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. One of his contemporaries unaccountably disappears, and as we follow Engleby’s career, which brings us up to the present day, the reader has to ask: is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth?”  Nielsen BookData Online

Mr Steed has sent us this review about  Faulks’s book ‘Engleby’:

“Based on the premise that childhood and school experiences are formative, this is a dark book that turns over the stones of the mind to see what lies beneath.The novel tracks the fortunes of an intellectual loner from a working class family, Mike Engleby,  AKA “toilet”, through school and university and into a “career” in journalism. There is an element of whodunnit about this well constructed novel, but it is Faulks’ close-observational and insightful social comment that make this a worthy read.”

Hmm, perhaps rather different from Faulks’s other books…  Have you read them and enjoyed them?  How does Engleby compare?  Read ‘Devil May Care’ – his first James Bond adventure?  Please send more reviews and add your comments here.


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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