Title: The Club
Author: Edyth Bulbring
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town / Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008
ISBN 9781868423125 / ISBN 978-1-86842-312-5
Softcover, 15x23cm, 275 pages
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 'Ess Club', a powerful group of senior students who have adopted the values of the business and political elite of a post-Mandela South Africa – pride and its six deadly offspring: greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Bright, privileged and utterly ruthless, they manipulate the school for their own gain, their antics invisible behind the polished exterior of the exclusive institution.
It is 2007 and senior member Mammuso Mazibuko is hot favourite to become the next chairman of Ess Club. Life could not be better. 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. With wonderfully drawn characters and a riveting plot, the novel The Club paints an extraordinary and often chilling portrait of the life of the young elite in Johannesburg today.