Alleyn Club Yearbook 2017


Taran Matharu (04-09) The Novice

intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.

Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith’s apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy,

Tom McCarthy (78-86) Satin Island

U. is a ‘corporate anthropologist’ who, while working on a giant, epoch-defining project no one really understands, is also tasked with writing the Great

where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Taran visited the College as part of our World Book Day celebrations, leading three workshops with Year 9 English classes.

Report on our society. But instead, U. spends his days procrastinating, meandering through endless buffer-zones of information and becoming obsessed by the images with which the world bombards him on a daily basis: oil spills, African traffic jams, roller-blade processions.

Tom Pollock (92-02) The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy

Welcome to the world of the Skyscraper Throne. When seventeen-year-old graffiti artist Beth Bradley runs

away from home, she doesn’t expect to find Filius Viae, the Son of the Streets. Nor does she

David Thomson (51-59) Television: A Biography

In just a few years, what used to be an immobile piece of living room furniture, which one had to sit in front of at appointed times in order to watch sponsored programming on a finite number of channels, morphed into a glowing cloud of screens with access to a near-endless supply

suspect that beneath our London, lies a hidden world of creatures who live off the city. And when war threatens to decimate this world Beth must decide - fight, or flee? Tom led English classes on workshops when he visited the College during World Book Day celebrations on the theme of ‘monster creation’.

of content available when and how viewers want it. With this phenomenon now a common cultural theme, a writer of David Thomson’s stature delivering a critical history, or biography of the six-decade television era, will be a significant event which could not be more timely. With Television, the critic and film historian who wrote what Sight and Sound’s readers called the most important film book of the last 50 years has finally turned his unique powers of observation to the medium that has swallowed film whole.

Graham Swift (60-66) Mothering Sunday

It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an


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