To outsiders, St Patrick’s High School in Johannesburg is a model of excellence, producing well-balanced young adults equipped to claim their inheritance as the new leaders of the fledgling democracy. But behind this façade lies a dark secret: the school is dominated by ‘The Club’, a powerful group of senior students who have adopted the values of the business and political elite of a post-Mandela South Africa. Bright, privileged and utterly ruthless, they manipulate the school for their own gain, their antics invisible behind the polished exterior of the exclusive institution. Senior member Mammuso Mazibuko is hot favourite to become the next chairman of The Club. But when her naive younger brother Jacob attracts the attention of a brutish fellow Club member, Mammuso is drawn into a sinister and increasingly desperate battle of wits to protect him.
The Club was first published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in September 2008 and republished by The EISH-Team in 2014.
Bulbring writes superbly and the book is compulsively readable – Library Thing
The novel is a savage parable of the New South Africa and its corrupt ruling classes – Michiel Heyns, The Sunday Independent
This is an absorbing read and hugely challenging. It’s not the kids that are most shocking, but the question one is forced to ask: how did they get that way? And most readers will also ask, could it possibly be true? – Jane Rosenthal, The Mail and Guardian
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