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Stiff upper lip : secrets, crimes and the schooling of a ruling class

By: Renton, Alex

1474601014 / 9781474601016
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United Kingdom
20 cm xvi, 398 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: 2017.

'A brave and necessary book' GUARDIAN'Shocking, gripping and sobering' SUNDAY TELEGRAPHNo other society sends its young boys and girls away to school to prepare them for a role in the ruling class. Beating, bullying, fagging, cold baths, vile food and paedophile teachers are just some of the features of this elite education, and, while some children loved boarding school, others now admit to suffering life-altering psychological damage.

Stiff Upper Lip exposes the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that are key to understanding the scandals over abuse and neglect in institutions all over the world. Award-winning investigative journalist Alex Renton went to three traditional boarding schools.

Drawing on those experiences, and the vivid testimony of hundreds of former pupils, he has put together a compelling history, important to anyone wondering what shaped the people who run Britain in the twenty-first century.


1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, JFFE1 Child abuse, JNLP Independent schools, private education

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