Stiff Upper Lip

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781474601016

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Genre: Society & Social Sciences / Politics & Government

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‘A brave and necessary book’ GUARDIAN
‘Shocking, gripping and sobering’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

No 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.


Enormously valuable
John Preston, DAILY MAIL
Brilliantly deconstructs the myth of the British stiff upper lip
Rod Liddle
This is a fascinating book
Ian Irvine, PROSPECT
Personal revelations are expertly woven into interview material, social history and theorising by psychologists and other writers ... Renton deserves praise and attention for disturbing our equanimity about this tradition
Renton has the thirst for truth, and for exposing depravity, of a Gitta Sereny
Ysenda Maxtone-Graham, THE TIMES
[A] masterful expose of private school perversion
Sam Kiley, SKY NEWS
At last, a scrupulously honest insight into private boarding education in Britain - ranging from the abuse to which it subjects the child, and the family, to the abuse of Britain's social order in laying the foundation to buying your child's way to the top
Jon Snow
A thoughtful and sensitive indictment of one of the cornerstones of the British establishment
Andrew Anthony, OBSERVER
Impressive in its breadth and depth
This is a well-researched study, which draws on a variety of historical sources in addition to some searing near-contemporary accounts of childhood unhappiness and its long-lasting effects
Nicholas Tucker, THE TABLET
Renton mixes memoir and anecdote with deeply researched history... this is a brave and necessary book
Stiff Upper Lip is shocking, gripping and sobering
Rupert Christiansen, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Gruelling and gripping
Stiff Upper Lip is a furious, closely researched polemic against boarding school
James Fergusson, COUNTRY LIFE
Quite breathtaking ... If you want to understand anything about institutional abuse it is required reading
James O’Brien, LBC
Stiff Upper Lip kept me absolutely enthralled ... Even if you never went near a public school, the book is a phenomenal read: it kept me up all night
George Hook, NEWSTALK
Grimly absorbing