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Re: Does it matter if authors make up their memoirs?


On Mon Feb 26, Chrístõ wrote
>The first thing that any Englishman of the upper/upper middle class of the period would ask was ‘What (private) school were you at?’ in order to establish social rank and identify links of kin- and friend-ship- it would have been fascinating to see how he deflected it to avoid the truth (grammar schools and ‘voracious, endless reading’)

Patrick O'Brian used to say that he was a sickly child, educated mostly at home.

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