Page 301. " The Flannelled Fool, by T.C. Worsley; A Separate Peace, by John Knowles; Sandel by Angus Stewart; Lord Dismiss Us, by Michael Campbell; Escape from the Shadows by Robin Maugham; Autobiography of an Englishman by ‘Y’; The World, The Flesh and Myself by Michael Davidson (with its famous opening line: ‘This is the life-history of a lover of boys.’); The Fourth of June by David Benedictus; Special Friendships by Roger Peyrefitte, "
Robin Maugham
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRobin Maugham - Author of Escape from the Shadows (1972)          Credit: Allan Warren

T.C. Worsley (1907-1977) - Flannelled Fool: a Slice of a Life in the Thirties (1967) - Description of Worsley’s late sexual development and the infatuations he developed for some of the boys whilst working as a private school teacher.

John Knowles (1926-2001) - A Separate Peace (1959) - A coming-of-age novel in which the protagonist reflects on the intense but competitive friendship he shared at school.

Angus Stewart - Sandel (1968) - A novel in which a nineteen year old university student falls in love with a thirteen year old boy.

Michael Campbell - Lord Dismiss Us (1967) - A novel set in a public school. It explores a love affair between two public school boys, as well as the wider homoerotic milieu in which the affair takes place.

Robin Maugham - Escape From The Shadows (1972) - An autobiography in which Robin Maugham (son of Frederick Herbert Maugham and nephew of Somerset Maugham) describes the licentious shenanigans of various paederastic school-masters whilst he was himself at school, as well as his own sexual predilections for young men. 

Michael Davidson - The World, The Flesh and Myself  (1962- ) - Davidson’s autobiography, in which he describes how his taste for teenage boys (for whom he cruised in public baths) led to a prison sentence. 

David Benedictus (1938) - The Fourth of June (1962) - Life at Eton, with hints of paedophilic activity.

Roger Peyrefitte (1907-2000) - Les amitiés particulières (1943) - A novel, thought to be autobiographical, of an intimate friendship between two boys at a Roman Catholic private school.



Page 301. " which in turn guided me towards the notorious Book Twelve of the Greek Anthology; The Quest For Corvo by A.J.A. Symons "
Rolfe, Frederick William
Public DomainRolfe, Frederick William

A.J.A. Symons' classic biography of the eccentric, paederastic writer Frederick Rolfe (1860-1913) whose best known work is Hadrian the Seventh (1904), a fantasy biography in which an Englishman is elected Pope and uses his newfound position to reorder the world according to his own design. A.J.A Symons was so taken by this strange figure that he set about writing his biography. Structured in unorthodox fashion as a detective story, as much is revealed about the author as about the subject himself.



Page 303. " in the shape of Jonathan Agnew "
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Jonathan Philip Agnew (b.1960) was a fast bowler for Leicestershire and won three Test caps for England. He retired at 30, and has since been a very popular TV commentator.


Page 305. " There's a passage in Portnoy's Complaint "

Portnoy's Complaint (1969) is a seminal novel by American writer Philip Roth (b.1933). It is written as a continuous monologue in which Alexander Portnoy confesses his sexual all to a psychoanalyst. On the front cover we read the following:

Portnoy's Complaint: A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature...

Thus is much of the subject and psychic matter of the book introduced. Philip Roth's other concern is with Jewish and American identity. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997. A film of the novel was made in 1972.



Page 307. " like Elizabeth Bennet "
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The protagonist of Pride and Prejudice

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Page 310. " the Punch cartoonist Trog "
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Wally Fawkes (b.1924), who worked under the name Trog, is a Canadian jazz clarinetist and cartoonist.  The pseudonym came from his experiences in wartime London, constantly seeking refuge in underground shelters: "I used to joke we in London had become troglodytes". One of his jazz bands was called "The Troglodytes".

Examples of Trog's cartoons