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The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath

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H. Rochester Sneath no longer exists. And if you wished to put your son's name on the waiting list for Selhurst School, near Petworth, Sussex, you might have a little difficulty. It doesn't exist either. But, as this collection of Sneath's letters, and the replies, proves, you can fool most of the people most of the time. Particularly, it seems, if the people happen to be the head masters of those most English private institutions - public schools. In early 1948 Sneath began his brief and glorious career. Letters, like canes, mortarboards and jaundiced rugger balls, began to appear in headmasters' offices, whose occupants, with two notable exceptions, appeared to find nothing strange in Sneath's requests or his exhortations. Pompous, indignant, eccentric, pushing, toadying, or just plain dotty, the letters were answered with a seriousness which is barely credible. For he wrote of: - infestations of rats - the possibility of 'engineering' Royal visits - how to hire a private detective - junior masters with club feet and warty noses - ghosts, cricket, statues, new buildings, 'monster' reunions George Bernard Shaw was puzzled, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was booked up, as was Sir Adrian Boult. Sir William Reid Dick was eager. After four or five letters the Master of Marlborough became exasperated, while the head master of St Benedict's was livid. A certain master displayed a cupidity not normally associated with men of the cloth; the new Master of Rugby was grateful for some wise advice; the head master of Stowe could not have been more helpful about sex. There was talk of Sneath succeeding the headmaster of Eton. One head master was so drawn to Sneath that he recommended Selhurst to a prospective parent, who promptly applied for a place on behalf of her son. His name was placed on 'the waiting list for the Waiting List'. Sneath's letters comprise a gentle and unmalicious, but devastatingly accurate parody of the public school system - a collection so intelligently absurd that it defies adequate description.

The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath

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The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath

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Every 3d issue is a quarterly cumulation.

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Grub Street Irregular Scenes from Literary Life

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An engaging, wickedly funny and splendidly anecdotal memoir of a career spent among writers, agents, publishers and bookmen and women of every stripe.

Arena of Ambition

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How has a student debating society at Cambridge University thrived for nearly two centuries, and commanded such attention from the outside world?

The Listener

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Hang Your Halo in the Hall

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Hoaxers and Their Victims

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The hoaxer, thoughout history, gained a special place in the hearts of many: the daring, intriguing, devil-may-care attitude of these mischief-makers - the sheer cheek of many of the characters outlined in this fascinating book - have led them to an almost heroic standing in the eyes of the public the world over. From fraudulent fairies to spurious sultans, the wonderful - sometimes barely credible - stories which are included in 'Hoaxers and their Victims' make fascinating and intriguing reading.

The Myth that Will Not Die

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If Your Lordship Pleases

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A collection of stories from Sir James' life as a barrister and High Court judge.

Family Affairs

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This work explores the secret life of English families from 1920 to 1990. Mary Abbott takes the reader into her subjects' homes and hearts and provokes us to reflect the past and speculate on the future of the family. A product of intense original research of primary and secondary sources, this volume is an important contribution to the history of the family.

Bullies Beaks and Flannelled Fools

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The Clique

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The Road to Number 10

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This work concentrates on the way British political leaders have come to power, from Bonar Law in 1922 to Tony Blair in 1997. The author, a political columnist, analyzes the parties' different methods of appointing a leader, the mechanisms by which these leaders then made it to Number 10, the changing roles of the monarchy and the rise of party democracy.

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