Author(s): Tobias Wolff
At one prestigious American public school, the boys like to emphasise their democratic ideals - the only acknowledged snobbery is literary snobbery. Once a term, a big name from the literary world visits and a contest takes place. The boys have to submit a piece of writing and the winner receives a private audience with the visitor. But then it is announced that Hemingway, the boys' hero, is coming to the school. The competition intensifies, and the morals the school and the boys pride themselves on - honour, loyalty and friendship - are crumbling under the strain. Only time will tell who will win and what it will cost them.
By the author of This Boy's Life, Old School has been longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC literary prize Huge press coverage and acclaim for the hardback which has sold over 12,000 copies To be backed with press advertising and promotions
The author of three collections of stories, Tobias Wolff lives with his family near Stanford University, where he is the director of the creative writing programme.