Friday, August 13, 2010

The Romance of a Choir Boy by John Gambril Nicholson

Callum James Books is trying something new. We are going to continue producing our handmade limited editions but there are some titles which don't lend themselves well to this kind of publication. So, we are going to produce a series of titles in conventional paperback format, published by CJB but printed and distributed by

The first title in this format is early 20th century rareity The Romance of a Choir Boy by John Gambril Nicholson:

"On a visit to his country home, Philip Luard, a young and idealistic Anglican curate working in London, a fan of cricket and church music, discovers that a local boy called Teddy Faircloth has a beautiful singing voice. Luard quickly develops a chaste but intensely romantic affection for Teddy and whisks him away to London where he supports the boy’s enrollment in a choir school. Teddy’s talents are nurtured in this new school and the young country boy suddenly finds himself with prospects which stretch far beyond the life of an agricultural labourer.

The Romance of a Choir Boy follows the progress of this relationship through all its highs and lows, through moments both touching and awkward. Nicholson also presents what Andrew May describes in his introduction as "an achingly nostalgic portrait of England" and rural life in particular, which is made all the more poignant by the fact that the author and his characters have no idea that this entire way of life is shortly to be swept away by the violence of war and the onward march of technology.

Originally printed privately in 1916, this book has been far too expensive and difficult to find for most collectors and it is hoped that this new edition, carefully edited and introduced, will provide an opportunity for many more people to read this entertaining and instructive novel. "

245pp., paperback

12.95 GBP

Please note that we will not be keeping any stock of this title here in Portsmouth and that the book can only be ordered through CLICK HERE TO ORDER.


Edmund said...

Thanks for publishing this in an affordable edition. Looks like you have quite an eclectic taste in books.

I too am a huge lover of Forrest Reid, I must check to see if you have a website.

Anonymous said...

Oh the chaste, tormented souls of the Edwardians! How one wishes they'd just get on with it!

Any chance of an in-depth analysis of Bishop Leadbeater? Your Mr Scoble could investigate.

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