Caruthers & Co

Simon Raven writes about an underneglected masterpiece

Loder, the Fifth Form Cad, is being blackmailed by Hogg, the new School Butler: unless Loder gives Hogg £10, Hogg will go to the Head and report Loder for smoking and drinking in the Saloon Bar of the Black Ape; whereupon Loder will be sacked.

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[*] Alec Waugh’s The Loom of Youth has been reissued by Methuen (288 pp., £3.95, 12 April, 0 413 54980 1).