This sprawling hotchpotch of recollections... manages to paint a remarkably full portrait of a good, kind and enigmatic bachelor schoolmaster who changed boys’ lives
"Young David stands at the garden gate of his parents’ old rectory. He begins, ‘I know you think I know less history than your dog'... and goes on to say he has little hope of getting into Oxbridge ‘but the strangest things can happen’. They did...."
The maverick Eton master who called pupils thickheads and lobbed croquet balls at slackers as he taught everyone from David Cameron to the Archbishop of Canterbury