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boarding schools – the new exotic

April 12, 2011

Bernard Beckett

“Beckett… says for many teenagers ‘there is something beguiling about [boarding schools] and to some extent it is exotic for today’s child. So it does have that power, whereas in another age it would have had an almost documentary feel to it.  August makes use of religious traditions, imagery and iconography as well as the standard dystopian broken-down society stuff, and the notion of social classes.  You know the reader will invest a certain amount in it, because they’ve already got those reference points.”

(my emphasis) Graham Reid interview in Canvas; Weekend Herald, March 12, 2011. p30

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