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Dr. Jolliffe's Boys, written by Lewis Hough, is a captivating and heartwarming novel that delves into the lives of a group of boys under the care of the beloved Dr. Jolliffe. Set in the late 19th century, the story takes us on a nostalgic journey through the ups and downs of these young lads as they navigate life in a boarding school.

The novel introduces us to a diverse group of characters, each with their own distinct personalities and backgrounds. From mischievous troublemakers to studious intellectuals, Hough skillfully brings them to life, making it easy for readers to become invested in their journey. The boys' camaraderie and close-knit friendships are endearing, creating a sense of warmth and unity amongst the characters.

The strength of the novel lies in its portrayal of the various challenges faced by the boys. Whether it is juggling academic pressure, learning difficult moral lessons, or dealing with personal setbacks, Hough handles these themes with sensitivity and realism. The author expertly explores the emotional growth and maturation of the characters, instilling in readers a sense of empathy and understanding.

Another commendable aspect of the book is Hough's descriptive writing style. His vivid and poetic prose transports readers to the scenic English countryside, immersing them in the beauty of the surroundings. Furthermore, the author's attention to detail adds depth and richness to the narrative, making the setting come alive.

One notable weakness in the novel is the occasional predictability of the plot. While this doesn't detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story, some readers may find certain events or outcomes easily foreseen. However, Hough's skilled characterization and engaging writing style compensate for this minor flaw.

Overall, Dr. Jolliffe's Boys is an enchanting tale that combines elements of adventure, friendship, and personal growth. Lewis Hough presents readers with a cast of memorable characters whose journeys will tug at the heartstrings. The novel is a nostalgic trip back in time, evoking a sense of innocence and wonder, and reminding us of the power of camaraderie and the resilience of youth.

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Doctor Jolliffe's Boys

by Lewis Hough This a very enjoyable book about life in a boy's boarding school in the late nineteenth century. Despite school rules, the boys get out of bounds for a number of reasons, for instance visiting a forbidden tuck shop; engaging in various cruel country sports, like rat baiting; going skating on a frozen lake, especially near the thin ice; poaching on a large nearby estate; and suchlike attractions.

Every scene is beautifully drawn, and I have wondered many times why the author did not write more, and indeed why this book is not more well known than it is. Until I found a copy in an old book shop I had never heard of either the author or of the book.

The characters of the various principal actors in the story are very well drawn, and one feels one knows them all quite well by the end of the book.

There was in fact another contemporary author of the same name, who was an expert in economic and currency affairs, and who also wrote using, and about, a novel way of getting books printed. N.H.






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