Miles Jupp’s debut novel is about a wealthy history teacher who is going through a midlife crisis.

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Miles Jupp’s debut novel is about a wealthy history teacher who is going through a midlife crisis.

Clive Hapgood, a history teacher in a small public school, is the protagonist of Miles Jupp’s debut novel.

Clive despises his backbiting colleagues, but not quite as much as he despises himself for quitting his position as a comprehensive schoolteacher to educate the children of the wealthy. He goes insane because he feels underappreciated and guilty.

Jupp, like David Nobbs in The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, depicts a midlife crisis sensitively and insightfully while pulling every ounce of humour and farce from Clive’s circumstances.

He also portrays how Clive’s self-pity is tainting his relationship with his lovely wife Helen.

Fans will recognize Jupp’s delightfully sarcastic, deadpan comedy style from his TV and radio appearances, but you’ll be startled by how moved you are.

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