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Book Title: Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School|
The author of the book: Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.92 MB
Edition: HarperCollins (UK)
Date of issue: January 1st 1969
ISBN 13: 9780006925859
Read full description of the books Eustacia Goes to the Chalet School:Poor Eustacia. "Arrant little prig" she may be, but I defy any girl who has spent the first fourteen years of her life living with elderly parents in Oxford and reading erudite books, to relish being told by her nearest remaining relative that she is unlovable, and then being sent away, not just to boarding school, but to a boarding school as far away as humanly possible, where she is forced to take part in physical activity that she loathes, has no time to herself, and is told that every value she has grown up holding dear is, in fact, wrong.
Of all the characters who turn up at the Chalet School, don't fit in, and have to be moulded into a Real Chalet School Girl, Eustacia is probably the most fascinating. The thing is that when she first turns up, she genuinely doesn't know how to behave, and probably doesn't have enough allowances made for her upbringing (certainly no one is ever going to laugh at the way she addresses staff, say 'it's only our One-And-Only Eustacia', and overlook what in other girls would be seen as shocking rudeness). However, as the book goes on it becomes clear that she is bringing more and more of her troubles on herself, and that if she were less proud, she would probably have a better time of it. This is what makes me feel most sorry for her - being the cause of your own misery is probably worse than being a victim of misfortune.
Her transformation at the end of the book has echoes of What Katy Did; although it's probably even less credible. I do love EBD's firm belief that it merely takes a near-death experience to change someone's personality entirely - and in fact I often wish it were that straightforward.
Read information about the authorElinor M. Brent-Dyer was born as Gladys Eleanor May Dyer on 6th April 1894, in South Shields in the industrial northeast of England, and grew up in a terraced house which had no garden or inside toilet. She was the only daughter of Eleanor Watson Rutherford and Charles Morris Brent Dyer. Her father, who had been married before, left home when she was three years old. In 1912, her brother Henzell died at age seventeen of cerebro-spinal fever. After her father died, her mother remarried in 1913.
Elinor was educated at a small local private school in South Shields and returned there to teach when she was eighteen after spending two years at the City of Leeds Training College. Her teaching career spanned 36 years, during which she taught in a wide variety of state and private schools in the northeast, in Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, and finally in Hereford.
In the early 1920s she adopted the name Elinor Mary Brent-Dyer. A holiday she spent in the Austrian Tyrol at Pertisau-am-Achensee gave her the inspiration for the first location in the Chalet School series. However, her first book, Gerry goes to school, was published in 1922 and was written for the child actress Hazel Bainbridge. Her first 'Chalet' story, The School at the Chalet, was originally published in 1925.
In 1930, the same year that Jean of Storms was serialised, she converted to Roman Catholicism.
In 1933 the Brent-Dyer household (she lived with her mother and stepfather until her mother's death in 1957) moved to Hereford. She travelled daily to Peterchurch as a governess.
When her stepfather died she started her own school in Hereford, The Margaret Roper School. It was non-denominational but with a strong religious tradition. Many Chalet School customs were followed, the girls even wore a similar uniform made in the Chalet School's colours of brown and flame. Elinor was rather untidy, erratic and flamboyant and not really suited to being a headmistress. After her school closed in 1948 she devoted most of her time to writing.
Elinor's mother died in 1957 and in 1964 Brent-Dyer moved to Redhill, where she lived in a joint establishment with fellow school story author Phyllis Matthewman and her husband, until her death on 20th September 1969.
During her lifetime Elinor M. Brent-Dyer published 101 books but she is remembered mainly for her Chalet School series. The series numbers 59 books and is the longest-surviving series of girls' school-stories ever known, having been continuously in print for more than 70 years. 100,000 paperback copies are still being sold each year. Among her published books are other school stories; family, historical, adventure and animal stories; a cookery book, and four educational geography-readers. She also wrote plays and numerous unpublished poems and was a keen musician.
In 1994, the year of the centenary of her Elinor Brent-Dyer's birth, Friends of the Chalet School put up plaques in Pertisau, South Shields and Hereford, and a headstone was erected on her grave in Redstone Cemetery, since there was not one previously. They also put flowers on her grave on the anniversaries of her birth and death and on other special occasions.
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