From the cover: Hidden away in an Oxford back street is a crumbling Georgian mansion. Its owner is the charismatic Mark Wintres, who gathers around him an impressionable group of students. For a time they live in a world of learning, parties and love affairs. But university is no grounding for adult life, and when, years later, tragedy strikes they are entirely unprepared for the consequences.
The Lessons has the dubious distinction of polarising reviewers, some almost 5 stars and others only 1, which taunted me into borrowing it. And my opinion? Despite this book offering some quality writing, I found it to be a grubby, depressing tale - one which leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It is also too long with the author waxing lyrical over the human state and could have done with more hefty wielding of the editor’s scissors. I borrowed the Playaway audio format which was well narrated by Will Rycroft but that still brings no recommendation or stars here, sorry.