Told within a single day, The Last Day of Term interweaves the gritty realities of teenage life in an inner-city school with a touching and comic story of a man in crisis.
Truant. Drunk. Sexually deviant. And that's just the English teacher...
It's the last day of term at the Gilda Ball Academy, and time is running out. Running out for Martin, the English teacher, who hasn't noticed his marriage crumbling and his health deteriorating. And for Bela, who's been plotting revenge since Martin had him expelled, after an incident that left the school's Deputy Head dead.
When Martin is confronted with an anonymous note accusing him of abuse, he naturally assumes it came from Bela.
The truth, as he will discover, is never quite that simple.
Francis Gilbert has taught in a variety of comprehensive schools in London and currently teaches English part-time. His previous books have included I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out of Here (Short Books, 2004), Teacher on the Run (Short Books, 2005), Yob Nation (2006) and Working the System (Short Books, 2009). He lives in east London with his wife and son.