The Principals
by Bill James

“A droll, delightful, skillfully written piece of academic satire”

-Booklist Starred Review

This sharply satirical novel concerns a battle royal between two academic institutions and their principals.

England, 1987. It’s all-out war. Two universities in the same city each aim to destroy the other and take over one another’s buildings, students and – above all – bank balance. At a time of austerity in public life and huge government cuts, the situation has become desperate and the respective university principals are prepared to fight very dirty indeed.

Dr Lawford Chute of the revered Sedge University wants to expand, expand, expand, while the government is telling him to cut, cut, cut. But Dr Victor Tane of Charter Mill employs more covert methods to ensure his institution comes out on top. Who will win these ferocious academic fights and be the model for the statue in the modern-day university grounds: the ultimate proof of posterity for which both principals are battling?

This hilariously witty and highly topical satire on the comic absurdities and ruthless politics involved among Britain’s elite academic institutions will appeal to fans of Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse Blue.


The Principals by Bill James is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788642230th November 2016147 X 230mm176$28.99
Hardback978072788642229th July 2016147 X 230mm176£20.99
Ebook97817801080871st November 2016N/A176$14.99
Ebook97817801080871st November 2016N/A176£4.99
Paperback97818475174321st October 2017140 X 216mm176$17.95
Paperback978184751743230th June 2017140 X 216mm176£13.99
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Bill James

Critically acclaimed crime writer Bill James is a former journalist who wrote for The Sunday Times, The Daily Mirror, The Spectator, The New Review and Punch. Married with four children, he lives in Wales.

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