Author: James Hilton
When one has been working in the same place for 50-odd years, one tends to become something of a legend. Years go by, people change, attitudes evolve and conflicts rise and fall. Yet there remains that one person who has seen it all. For the students and faculty of the Brookfield Grammar School for Boys that person is Arthur “Chips” Chipping. This novel tells us of Chipping’s journey through Brookfield from the time he enters it as a 22-year-old teacher of Latin and History. Over the next 60 years, he sees four different headmasters, a few European wars and a World War. He falls in love and gets married, only to lose his wife while she tries to deliver a stillborn child. After retirement, he moves into quarters near the school’s gate where he continues to entertain the students over tea. He watches and muses as the conservatism of Victorian England gives way to the more liberal attitudes of the Edwardian era. Published in 1934, the book has been adapted for film, TV, radio and the stage.