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Hand-reared Boy

Hand-reared Boy - Brian W. Aldiss I'm surprised I never came across this book when I was working my way through the mucky books section of my local library a few years ago (purely for the purpose of reviewing them on dooyoo you understand). This is a self-expressed taboo-busting cumming-of-age novel full-to-bursting with descriptions of teenage masturbation. A 'fictitious autoiography' in which Horatio Stubbs describes growing up (Growing? Up? Why has every word I write becum a double entendre?) in Leicestershire in the 1930's where he is tossed-off by almost everyone: his brother, his sister, the maid, and all the other boys in the dormitory of the Derbyshire public school he attends. Not his parents though, thankfully (although his father is a banker). Eventually he loses his virginity to the school matron - Sister Virginia - who, it transpires, is something of a Holly Golightly-like figure. That's the 1960's for you.