No cutting corners
IREAD with great interest the review of Ysenda Maxtone Graham’s new book Terms and Conditions (November 2) and was intrigued to read that girls got duvets in about 1979, as this was the year I started boarding school. My parents had to provide two sets of cotton bed sheets and pillowcases and we were expected to make our beds, hospital-style, each day—our efforts were inspected by either our house master or matron and each layer had to be individually created.
I don’t think duvets were introduced at my school until the late 1980s and I still can’t go anywhere that has sheets and blankets without checking for hospital corners. James Rose, Worcestershire