Valerie Grove

Weathering the Dorm

Terms and Conditions: Life in Girls' Boarding Schools, 1939-1979

By Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Slightly Foxed 272pp £17.50 order from our bookshop

Schoolmistresses have two kinds of chest. They have either ‘bosoms out to here’ (vast and shelf-like) or ‘bosoms down to here’ (sagging and fleshless). Bosoms are always a source of fascination for growing schoolgirls. No wonder the women who confide their boarding-school memories to Ysenda Maxtone Graham in this exuberant book invariably begin their reminiscences of teachers with the instantly definable bosoms.

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