Teacher Martin Hick is about to get the promotion he's wanted for years, and has vowed to rescue his failing marriage. Cut to a grim council estate in east London, where Bela, an internet-addicted teenager, lives with his chain-smoking mother and aristocratic great-uncle - both Hungarian emigres. Bela's life has been ruined since Martin had him expelled from Gilda Ball a few weeks previously, and he is trying to plot his way back into the school. So when, on the last day of term, Martin is confronted with an anonymous note accusing him of abuse, he naturally assumes Bela to be the source. 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.