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Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class

Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class (Hardback)

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'A brave and necessary book' GUARDIAN'Shocking, gripping and sobering' SUNDAY TELEGRAPHThis is the story of generations of parents, Britain's richest and grandest, who believed that being miserable at school was necessary to make a good and successful citizen. Childish suffering was a price they accepted for the preservation of their class, and their entitlement. The children who were moulded by this misery and abuse went on - as they still do - to run Britain's public institutions and private companies.Confronting the truth of his own schooldays and the crimes he witnessed, Alex Renton has revealed a much bigger story. It is of a profound malaise in the British elite, shown up by tolerance of the abuse of its own children that amounts to collusion. This culture and its traditions, and the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that underpin them, are key to any explanation of the scandals over sexual abuse, violence and cover-up in child care institutions that are now shocking the nation.As Renton shows, complicity in this is the bleak secret at the heart of today's British elite.

EducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of educationMoral & social purpose of educationEducationEducation TheorySchoolsIndependent schools, private educationHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesViolence in societyChild abuse Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publication Date: 06/04/2017 ISBN-13: 9781474600545  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alex Renton is an award-winning journalist whose career has ranged from theatre criticism, food writing and the investigation of child abuse to work as a political correspondent and war reporter in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He is also the author of PLANET CARNIVORE. Educated at Ashdown House and Eton, he now lives in Edinburgh with his wife, son and daughter.

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