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The Teacher's Secret - Suzanne Leal

The Teacher's Secret


Published: 1st March 2018
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`Packed with heart and suspense... I absolutely loved it' Jenny Ashcroft

`Delicately woven... a big-hearted book' Joanne Fedler

`Elegantly structured, unsettling, yet with moments of surprising wit' Kathryn Heyman

Things aren't always as they seem...

A small town can be a refuge, but while its secrets are held, it's hard to know who to trust and what to believe.

The Teacher's Secret is a tender and compelling story of scandal, rumor and dislocation, and the search for grace and dignity in the midst of dishonor and humiliation.

Suzanne Leal draws us into a public school in the intimate town of Brindle, Australia in which vice principal Terry comes to generational loggerheads with stand-in principal Laurie concerning teachers and their treatment of their pupils. Told over four semesters, this conflict will slowly change their lives.

Perfect for fans of The Slapby Christos Tsiolkas, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

`Beautifully written, entirely absorbing, and full of characters that live with you long after you finish reading, The Teacher's Secret is packed with heart and suspense... This brilliant book is a true page-turner, and I absolutely loved it.'

-- Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky

`A delicately woven tapestry of interlinking stories... This is a big-hearted book about a small community and how small acts of kindness and courage, and the willingness to face the truth, restore the human spirit to a sense of new belonging.'

-- Joanne Fedler, author of Secret Mothers' Business

`Elegantly structured, unsettling, yet with moments of surprising wit - in this novel Suzanne Leal captures the life of a small community with real tenderness.'

-- Kathryn Heyman, author of The Accomplice

`Masterfully constructed, this moving novel warns us of our capacity to make or break the lives of those around us... Drawn with wit and clear-eyed affection, the inhabitants of this wonderful novel will remain with you long after you have put it down.'

-- Mark Lamprell, author of The Full Ridiculous

`Leal's novel shows us, achingly and beautifully, the slippery nature of truth and the destruction that is occasionally wrought from good intensions.'

-- Maggie Joel, author of The Safest Place in London

`A rich interweaving of beautifully drawn characters told so gently and in such exquisite detail that they grew on me until I was lost in their world.'

-- Robin de Crespigny, filmmaker and author of The People Smuggler

`The Teacher's Secret is a gutsy yet intricate examination of one of society's nightmares, filled with strong characters and relationships interwoven in a storyline that has the reader engrossed to the last page.'

-- Robert Wainwright, author of Sheila

`Suzanne Leal writes with her hand on her heart, writing according to its beat... translating the ordinary into the extraordinary. An Australian talent, universally understood.'

-- Charles Waterstreet, author of Precious Bodily Fluids: A Larrikin's Memoir

`Suspenseful, moving and full of heart. I couldn't put it down.'

-- Richard Glover, author of Flesh Wounds

`An eloquent story of a life thrown into disarray; it drew me in and held me, page after page.'

-- Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room

`Suzanne Leal is a writer of unusual sensitivity, with a rare ability to shed light on the dark tangle of emotional attachments which lies just below the surface of everyday life.'

-- John Collee, acclaimed author and screenwriter

What a great read! I could not put it down. I can imagine this book being talked about and passed around from teacher to teacher in the school staff room and from parent to parent in the school car park ... It is certainly a book with messages that provoke responses and much thought ... attests to the enormous power of a school community to heal and to hurt and why schools are such a significant reference point in the lives of students

-- Schooldays Magazine

ISBN: 9781785079092
ISBN-10: 1785079093
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 2018
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.34