Terms & Conditions: Life in Girls' Boarding Schools, 1939-1979 (Paperback)Ysenda Maxtone Graham (author)
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In Terms & Conditions Ysenda speaks to members of a lost tribe - the Boarding-school Women, grandmothers now and the backbone of the nation, who look back on their experiences with a mixture of horror and humour.
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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 22 mm
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 *
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