Published on September 23rd, 20130
Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
Blurb: One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was only ever meant to be a game.
A game of consequences, of silly forfeits, childish dares. A game to be played by six best friends in their first year at Oxford University. But then the game changed: the stakes grew higher and the dares more personal, more humiliating, finally evolving into a vicious struggle with unpredictable and tragic results.
Now, fourteen years later, the remaining players must meet again for the final round. (Harvill Secker, 2013)
Katherine Whitbourne, The Daily Mail
“Laced with convincing student dialogue (the author is himself an Oxford graduate) this is a thriller, a cautionary tale and a sobering exploration of unintended consequences rolled into one.”
John O’Connell, The Guardian
“… We’re in Secret History territory – again. There’s a lot of stoned riffing, but on the whole Yates’ take on the Oxford experience (he was a student there himself) is more astringent than nostalgic.”
Marcel Berlins, The Times
“A touch pretentious, in parts overcomplicated, Black Chalk is nevertheless a powerfully intelligent debut for Christopher J. Yates.”
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