"A Classical Education" was first published in 1985. It followed immediately after "Still Life" and is again autobiographical though of a somewhat more macabre hue. At the centre is a murder committed by a school friend of Richard Cobb's. 'What gives "A Classical Education" its fascination is the author's description of how he himself, a shy and introverted schoolboy from Tunbridge Wells, is drawn into a nightmarish melodrama from which it seems he was lucky to escape...this book is beautifully written'. - Richard Ingrams, "The Times".