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Bound for the bad

Mary Beard, 14 September 1989

Loss of the Good Authority: The Cause of Delinquency 
by Tom Pitt-Aikens and Alice Thomas Ellis.
Viking, 264 pp., £14.95, July 1989, 0 670 82493 3
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... Borstal’? Loss of the Good Authority is the sequel to an earlier collaboration between ATE and Tom Pitt-Aikens (TPA), Secrets of Strangers, and it only makes sense in those terms. The earlier book is a case-study of delinquency in one family, the Huttons – whose second son, Geoffrey, proved increasingly uncontrollable. He was already receiving the ...

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