Social & Industrial History
The Old Boys
The Decline and Rise of the Public School
To many, public schools are an anachronistic bastion of privilege. This book charts a colourful history of schoolboy revolts, eccentric heads, scandal, decline and renewal, to argue that, on balance, their contribution to national life is a positive one. Slightly off-mint.
English Country Houses
First published in 1941, with illustrations by Felicity Price-Smith, this brief survey of English country houses is by the writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West, whose family home was Knole House, one of the very finest. Arranged chronologically from Norman castles to Vanbrugh’s ‘monsters of construction’, the book emphasizes the country house as part of rural England, and how ‘its peculiar genius…lies in its knack of fitting in’. Reprinted in the In Arcadia series.
School Songs and Gymslips
Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s
With tales from the days of indoor sandals and navy knickers, Latin verbs and transistor radios, semolina pudding and O Levels, this light-hearted social history is based on the experiences of pupils from 18 schools around the country and describes how things were for grammar school girls – at school and at home – between about 1955 and 1965.