Terms and Conditions by Ysenda Maxtone Graham

It’s no secret that I’m madly in love with Slightly Foxed Editions, and covet having the whole library on my shelves one day. So far I have this lovely bundle of them…

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The one I’m going to talk today is not a reprint, though; it’s Terms and Conditions by Ysenda Maxtone Graham – a history of girls’ boarding schools from 1939-1979. It’s basically the perfect stocking filler for the bookish person in your life, and I’ve already given one copy to a friend who was thrilled with it. I wrote about Terms and Conditions in more length in Shiny New Books – you can read the whole review here. And please do – this book is a real treat.

12 thoughts on “Terms and Conditions by Ysenda Maxtone Graham

    • December 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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      I am very blessed that they send me review copies often, but I now want to accumulate all the older ones too…

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    • December 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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      I spotted that in my podcast feed, but hadn’t listened yet – I’m looking forward to catching up on your chat!

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    • December 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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      And they’re numbered, which instantly makes me want them ALL. Sadly most of the early ones are now ungettable…

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  • December 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    I’m not sure if being introduced to another company publishing gorgeous looking collectable books is good or bad!!

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    • December 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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      Ha! A bit of both?!

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  • December 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    I heard you talking about this book on your Tea or Books podcast, mentioning that the author decide to end in 1979 on the basis that was the year in which the introduction of the duvet changed boarding school life for ever. I was aware of 1979 being a pivotal year for a number of reasons, but this was a new one to me.

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    • December 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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      And, turns out, may not be entirely accurate – a friend was adamant she’d had one in 1976!

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  • September 22, 2017 at 8:38 pm
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    Have just read Terms and Conditions in an evening. Deeply moved by much of this book, as it reminded me of my youth: convent boarding school Dublin in the 50’s. I found much to smile about but even more to weep over. Such ignorance, such cruelty, such ghastly parents, I could go on. It deserves more publicity as it is quite a serious social document. A demonstration of a generation of underused, under educated,immensely disadvantaged women, dominated by their sometimes well meaning (often not) parents and teachers. Teachers who for the most part hardly deserve the name.

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    • September 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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      excellent book. deserves more publicity.

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