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The Fourth of June

David Benedictus

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Pre-ISBN.A four page glossary of Etonian terms (slang) of the period is given at the back of the book.ETON ... -- among whose hallowed buildings a guinea-pig (an ex-grammar school boy) is savagely beaten into paralysis by his House Captain ... aMorePre-ISBN.A four page glossary of Etonian terms (slang) of the period is given at the back of the book.ETON ... -- among whose hallowed buildings a guinea-pig (an ex-grammar school boy) is savagely beaten into paralysis by his House Captain ... a bishop spends his evening spying on a chaplains half-dressed daughter ... and a housemaster is seduced by a desperate mother ... the Eton of David Benedictus shock-filled, highly controversial first novel.One of the most brilliant first novels since the War -- Ian Fleming, Sunday Times (London broadsheet newspaper).AUTHORs NOTE (1962):Things have changed since I was at Eton, College Chapel has a new roof and three more stained-glass windows. The scugger is no longer much in evidence and the scaffolding is gone from the cloisters. There is talk of a bypass. There was talk too, at the Headmasters Conference of implementing the very few vacancies for poorer boys from government schools, talk which may yet, through the foresight of Dr Robert Birley, Headmaster of Eton, and Sir Desmond Lee, Headmaster of Winchester, and in spite of the thick-headedness of councils and such, be translated into action.Things have changed, but I dont believe that Etonians have. Younger brothers, and soon eldest sons, will carry on the traditions of snobbery and cruelty unles ... Unless what? Good luck and eloquence to Dr Birley and Sir Desmond Lee!