The tone of The Hand-Reared Boy is lightly humorous, with a sentiment that never drops into sentimentality. It presents without swagger, much that is not easy to accept.
Young Horatio Stubbs suffers the pangs of adolescence, but is weaned from the pleasures of masturbation by the delights offered by his school’s nursing sister, who is not all she seems. The novel became a great scandal in England, where it was rejected by thirteen publishers, and caused a law-suit – as a result of which it became a bestseller.
FIRST EDITION: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970
|1||Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1970 – reprinted 1970, 1971, 1978||Hardcover|
|2||McCall Publishing Co., New York, 1970||Hardcover|
|3||Signet Books, New York, 1971||Paperback|
|4||Corgi Books, London, 1971 – reprinted 1971 (twice), 1972, 1973 (twice), 1974, 1979||Paperback|
|5||as: Horatio, een Welopgevoede Jongen, Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 1971||Paperback|
|6||as: Gross Durch Eigene Hand, Gala, Hamburg, 1971||Hardcover|
|7||as: Un Petit Garcon Elévé á La Main, Henri Veyrier, Paris, 1977||Paperback|
|8||Sanrio, Tokyo, 1980||Paperback|
|9||as: Mano Dura, Ultramar, Madrid, 1981||Paperback|
|10||in: The Horatio Stubbs Saga. Panther Granada, London, 1985||Paperback|
|11||as: Mano Dura, Salvat Editores, Barcelona, 1987||Paperback|
|12||Souvenir Press, London, 1999||Paperback|