Edward Dutton's eye-catching thesis that Sir Winston's Churchill, given a little longer under the care of his original prep school headmaster, might have been a less bellicose character and stopped England entering the Second World War is bold. Whether or not it is persuasive, is up to the reader to decide. What the book does do is rehabilitate a much maligned Herbert Sneyd-Kynnersley. Far from being a sadist, he emerges as a deeply committed and imaginative teacher in many ways ahead of his time - St George's was the first school to boast electricity. In doing so he brings Victorian schooling to life in a way which I found fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in social history and in close detective work backed by original sources.