by Suzanne Leal Read profile


Out in hardback on 15th May 2017

A small town can be a refuge, but while its secrets are held, it's hard to know who to trust and what to believe.
The Teacher's Secret is a tender and compelling story of scandal, rumour and dislocation, and the search for grace and dignity in the midst of dishonour and humiliation.

Only one person knows the truth

'Packed with heart and suspense… I absolutely loved it.' Jenny Ashcroft

‘Delicately woven… a big-hearted book.’ Joanne Fedler

‘Elegantly structured, unsettling, yet with moments of surprising wit.’ Kathryn Heyman

'Masterfully constructed... Drawn with wit and clear-eyed affection' Mark Lamprell

‘Leal’s novel shows us, achingly and beautifully, the slippery nature of truth.’ Maggie Joel

'A rich interweaving of beautifully drawn characters.' Robin de Crespigny

‘A gutsy yet intricate examination of one of society's nightmares' Robert Wainwright

‘Leal writes with her hand on her heart.’ Charles Waterstreet

‘Suspenseful, moving and full of heart. I couldn’t put it down.’ Richard Glover

‘An eloquent story of a life thrown into disarray; it drew me in and held me, page after page.’ Rachel Seiffert