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Worth a look if you went to the London Oratory but disappointing. Not worth £35.00.,
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This review is from: London Oratory School: A Celebration of 150 Years (Hardcover)
As a former pupil of the London Oratory who was taught history GCSE by the author in 1989-1990 I was motivated to buy the book. I must say that I am a little disappointed with the book overall. However, if you are a former pupil or teacher of the school then there will be something in it for you that will make you laugh, remember or simply want to make you forget!!!
The book's lack of detailed photo credits lets it down; it would have been interesting to actually list by name those individuals who appear in the photographs where known. There isn't much about individual teachers, perhaps this is for very good legal reasons.
It would have been great if a chapter or two had been included looking at famous former Oratory boys and a list of former teachers.
Part 1 of the book deals with the foundation history of the school in the period from 1863 through until 1969. Part 2 charts the more recent history from 1970 at the Seagrave Road site until the present day.
Part 3 includes chapters on the school chaplains, academic life, the John McIntosh Arts Centre, Art, Music and Drama, Sport, School Journeys, Clubs and Societies, the Cadet Force and the final chapter 14 Look to the End
On personal note I am disappointed not to have been mentioned in despatches as the former first ELECTED president of the debating society and one who arranged a "televised" question time style debate ) , which included guest speakers Matthew Carrington MP and Councillor Tony Powell along with Paul Johnston the former head of History and Politics and Mr Fitzpatrick, the former head of English.
I accept that it is very difficult to condense 150 years' of history into a single volume book and (Miss) Pauline Devereux has done a sterling job none-the-less. I will give her a HS (High Standard) for effort but I can only give the book 8 out of 10 for content however.
The cover price of £35.00 is far too high. £21.70 from Amazon is about the right price. The hard-backed book is printed on fine glossy paper with numerous photo inserts although the lack of detailed photo credits lets the book down. It was printed in Slovenia; Given the high cover price I would have expected it to have been printed in the UK.
In conclusion, despite my moans, I am glad to have purchased the book and it WILL be placed in my library. It will make a great present for an Old Oratorian.