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When I asked a group of girls who had been at Hatherop Castle in the 1960s whether the school had had a lab in those days they gave me a blank look. ‘A laboratory?’ I expanded, hoping to jog their memories. ‘Oh that kind of lab!’ one of them said. ‘I thought you meant a Labrador.’

‘The cruel teachers. The pashes on other girls. The gossip. The giggles. The awful food. The homesickness. The friendships made for life. The shivering cold. Games of lacrosse, and cricket.

‘The girls’ boarding school! What a ripe theme for the most observant verbal artist in our midst today – the absurdly undersung Ysenda Maxtone Graham, who has the beadiness and nosiness of the best investigative reporter, the wit of Jane Austen and a take on life which is like no one else’s. This book has been my constant companion ever since it appeared’
A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard

‘A wonderful book’
Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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Genre: Humanities / History / History: Specific Events & Topics / Social & Cultural History

On Sale: 2nd November 2017

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780349143057

Reviews

A funny, vivid and excruciating book, which has left me filled with admiration for the brave, damaged survivors of this lost world
Virginia Nicholson, The Times
If you think the St Trinian's films were fictitious, then this wonderful book will surely convince you that they were documentaries
Mail on Sunday
The girls' boarding school! What a ripe theme for the most observant verbal artist in our midst today - the absurdly underrated and undersung Ysenda Maxtone Graham, who has the beadiness and nosiness of the best investigative reporter, the wit of Jane Austen and a take on life which is like no one else's. This book has been my constant companion ever since it appeared a few months ago
A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard
Funny, bloodcurdling and moving . . . this will make old boarding-school girls sigh with nostalgia, and everyone else sigh with relief at having avoided the experience
Daily Mail
Sparklingly good
William Leith, Evening Standard
This vivid, vivacious and poignant look at how boarding school life used to be is as engaging as it is educational
Eithne Farry, Sunday Express