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The Hothouse Society — An Exploration of Boarding-School Life Through the Boys and Girls Own Writings - Royston Lambert; Spencer Millham;

Book Club Associates, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed, creased at the head of the spine and worn at the corners with heavy tanning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “« I walk into the school and lie down on a conveyor belt. I am carried along, stamped, have pieces cut off me, bits stuck on, am encased in exam certificates and emerge at the other end capable of becoming top of any profession I go into. » Boy, 17, Public School

«I try to dream all through breakfast and usually succeed with little disterbance. Things such as sex, cigs, drink, drugs, flash across my subconscious brain. Then this is broken by the ringing of a little breaky bell by the master, we rise and say, ta to God…. » Boy, 17, State boarding school

Diaries, questionnaire answers, private record books of public school house captains, love letters, poetry, from 12,000 boys and girls, have been collected by Royston Lambert and his team in the course of their research into boarding schools of all kinds, including public, prep, progressive, independent and state.

These children’s writings present a frank, intimate, sometimes comic and sometimes deeply disturbing account of their whole experience, ranging from the classroom, life in the dormitory and common room, through their separation from home and the outside world, to the workings of the pupils’ own inner society and underworld, the effects of single sex segregation (including a frank analysis of homosexuality in such schools) to the nature and practice of co-educational boarding.”


Jacket designed by Derek Birdsall. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 400 pages.
£7.50

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