- Hardcover: 213 pages
- Publisher: Ross; First Edition edition (1967)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000CNFRJ
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flannelled fool: A slice of life in the Thirties Hardcover – 1 Jan 1967
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The author recounts his experiences as a young teacher at a famous British boys' school in the thirties. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Worsley is clearly good at some things, particularly cricket. At his public school, Marlborough, he takes on the character of a "hearty", one who loves games and despises learning. When he goes up to Cambridge, though, he eventually comes to love English literature and spends his early adulthood trying to find a balance between the various things he loves.
He repeatedly makes it clear that he is a late maturer in many ways. He is sexually repressed, but comes to recognize that his preference is for boys. Nowadays, this would earn him nothing but obloquy, but in the less censorious 1930s, when he was a young master at "College", it was believed by some that men who are paederastically inclined sometimes make the best teachers of boys. As far as we can tell from the book, he did not have any kind of sexual contact with the boys he taught, although he was subject to insinuations of inappropriate behaviour by "the old guard", the older masters at "College".
I recognized "College" (which is how Worsley refers to the school at which he taught) as Wellington College, my alma mater.Read more ›
Kay Harvey (Luscombe)