Meet the hot-house student talent in a University Creative Writing course for would-be poets, novelists, dramatistsand some talents not so hot. Rivalries burn and grow dangerous. Sex simmers. Lucy Corth, a lecturer, is given the sack and almost immediately afterwards turns out to be a published literary genius. Meantime, Principal of the University Caspar Ballaugh must do what he can to suppress these internal wars and pull the college up from its low spot in the educational league tables, so that it can qualify for bigger Government money and survive. His job is made trickier by the fact that the Government's policy seems to change every other day. One way for Ballaugh to secure glory for his university might be to help get the local city a glistening European award for cultural achievement. He works on it gamely, but there are mighty snags.
About the Author
Bill James has been called "the Elmore Leonard of Britain's underworld" (Kirkus Reviews) and has been named a "Master of Crime" in a mystery roundup by the London Sunday Times, which said, "There is nothing else quite like this series of police procedurals. James is concerned with the dilemmas and difficulties of policing Britain's inner cities, and he addresses these in hard-edged narratives that leave readers gasping and flinching, praying the people in these stories never come to live in their streets." In addition to the Harpur and Iles series, James is the author of other mystery series and a book on Anthony Powell. He lives in Wales.