Seven apprehensive thirteen-year-olds enter a famous Public School as members of Ansellâ€™s, the most prestigious House. The reader is inducted with them into claustrophobic, arcane, degenerated traditions which educate them intellectually, morally and sexually into ruined senior boys who precipitate the shocking tragedy and its shameful aftermath which still haunts the narrator.
Frighteningly convincing, uncompromisingly explicit, this portrayal of an outwardly revered institution inwardly corrupt with misplaced loyalty, complacency and arrogance, makes us ponder the integrity of those who, educated like these boys, dominated Government and the Establishment during the last decades of the twentieth century.
Publication date: 05/11/2005
Publisher: Three Cats Press, Aultgrishan
|Publication date:||5th November 2005|
|Publisher:||Three Cats Press, Aultgrishan|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
Iain Mackenzie-Blair is a prize-winning poet, published by diehard and regularly in Poetry Scotland and lives ten miles from the nearest shop in the North West Highlands looking across the Minch towards Skye. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin and Balliol, Oxford. A former climbing instructor, columnist for the Irish Times, Near Eastern archaeologist exploring the Dead Sea shore of the Judean Wilderness until the outbreak of the â€™67 Arab-Israeli war, he then taught English at one of the great Public Schools where, latterly, he was also a Housemaster.More About Iain Mackenzie-Blair