Alexander's Choice (book)

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Alexander's Choice is a novel set at Eton College in 1983-4 by Edmund Marlowe, an old boy of the school, as his début work. It tells of the love affair of Alexander Aylmer, a new boy at the school aged 13-14 and Damian Cavendish, a new, young English master.

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The subject of sex between older and younger boys at Eton has been briefly alluded to in previous fiction, notably in The Fourth of June by David Benedictus (1962) [1]. but this is the only novel to have made boylove there its main theme.

Plot introduction

Major themes

Main characters

  • Alexander Aylmer, a stunning beauty of 13-14, intelligent, loyal, passionate and self-willed, his great academic interest is in ancient history.
  • Rupert Drysdale, Alexander's best friend of his own age and a worldly influence on him.
  • Julian Smith, aged 16-17
  • Guy Cowburn, a snobbish bully in Julian's year
  • Peter Leigh, Guy's principal crony and a thief.
  • Damian Cavendish, aged 22-23
  • Jack Hodgson, housemaster of Peyntors, Alexander's house at Eton.
  • Mr. Allenby, the Head Master of Eton.
  • Sir Henry ("Hal") Aylmer, Alexander's father, a Lord Justice of Appeal.
  • Penelope Aylmer, Alexander's mother.
  • Alfred Smith alias Wertheimber, Julian's father.
  • Denise Smith, Julian's mother, a feminist social worker whose prominence as a campaigner against "child sex abuse" only becomes clear towards the end.
  • Walter Cavendish, Damian's father, an aristocratic ex-radical.
  • Jim Hatchet, a Detective Inspector

References

1^ Benedictus, David (1977). The Fourth of June. London: Anthony Blond. London: Sphere. ISBN 978-0-7221-1588-6

External links

  • Benedictus, David (1977). The Fourth of June. London: Anthony Blond. London: Sphere. ISBN 978-0-7221-1,