Oligarchy is the fierce new novel about power, privilege and peer pressure from the bestselling author of The End of Mr. Y.
When Tash, daughter of a Russian oligarch, is sent to an English boarding school, she is new to the strange rituals of the girls there. Theirs is a world of strict pecking orders, eating disorders and Instagram angst. While she spends her time with the other girls at the lake and the stables, a hand-picked few are invited to join the Headmaster at his house for extra lessons. Then her friend Bianca mysteriously vanishes, and quickly the routines of her dorm-mates seem darker and more alien than ever before.
Oligarchy is a delicious slap in the face; stunningly intelligent, alarmingly modern, hilariously funny, deeply pertinent, true, fantastical and several hankies'-worth of poignant" (LOUISA YOUNG)
"An intricate black jewel of a novel. Weeks later I'm still thinking about it" (KIRSTY LOGAN)
"PRAISE FOR SCARLETT THOMAS: Entrancing" (NEIL GAIMAN)
"Her prose is splendidly alive, full of unexpected phrases and delicious cadences . . . like Pratchett, Thomas blends her flippancy and her philosophy perfectly" (Guardian)
"Ingenious and original" (PHILIP PULLMAN)
"Thomas has the mesmerising power of a great storyteller" (Financial Times)
"Positively luminous - funny, daring, fizzing with ideas and altogether captivating" (Daily Mail)
"Filthily gorgeous . . . Imagine Muriel Spark's disreputable niece" (Spectator)
"A delightful compound of fantasy and traditional family saga . . . A modern fairytale, with flashes that are savagely funny" (The Times)
"Ambitious, thought-provoking fun" (Sunday Times)