Former pupil’s latest novel draws rave reviews
October 31, 2022

Former Rydal Penrhos pupil Michael Arditti’s latest novel ‘The Young Pretender’ has drawn rave reviews from national critics.

We are always thrilled to hear about our former pupils thriving away from Rydal Penrhos. This is a testament to the exceptional foundations they receive at the school, which allows them to nurture talents, find the right career path and cope with any challenges that come in higher education or the working world.

Our alumni are currently achieving great things in a wide range of different fields. Something everyone at Rydal Penrhos has been proud to acknowledge throughout the school’s rich history of achievements and standing within the community.

Former pupil Michael Arditti is a renowned author that’s produced a series of outstanding novels and short stories during an illustrious career. His latest publication, The Young Pretender, was recently released and has been a smash hit with critics up and down the country.

The Young Pretender centres on the child actor William Henry West Betty, one of the most famous people in Georgian Britain who was mobbed by the masses, lionised by the aristocracy and courted by royalty.

The story takes place during Betty’s attempted comeback at aged 21. As he seeks to relaunch his career, he is forced to confront the painful truths behind his boyhood triumphs.

Stephen Fry, one of Britain’s most respected actors and broadcasters, was enthralled by Mr Arditti’s latest piece, holding the book in the highest regard and speaking glowingly about the master storytelling from the one-time Rydal Penrhos pupil.

He said: “An engrossing, enthralling and utterly captivating read, The Young Pretender tells a simply remarkable story with bounce, energy, wit, and lively authenticity. Michael Arditti’s brilliant imaginative achievement offers high comedy, dark tragedy and everything in between.”

Patrick Duncker of the Independent on Sunday was also impressed, stating: “Michael Arditti is a writer who takes risks. His material is always compelling and provocative, his techniques sophisticated and oblique.”

Everyone at Rydal Penrhos would like to congratulate Mr Arditti on another triumph. Anyone wishing to purchase The Young Pretender can do so here.


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