The King’s School has featured in numerous works by former pupils and others – both autobiographical and fictional. Their opinions of the place have varied.

Here is a selection:

Samuel Egerton Brydges, Autobiography

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Walter Pater, Emerald Uthwart

Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Hugh Walpole

Jocelyn Brooke, The Military Orchid

Alaric Jacob, Seventeen

Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts

Edward Lucie-Smith, A Burnt Child

Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English