Magazine
Latest Issue

Books in brief: Stiff Upper Lip by Alex Renton

Therapists have identified a “boarding school syndrome”

By Ian Irvine   June 2017

Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class by Alex Renton (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99)

This is a fascinating book, though at times one which is hard to read. Few other societies share our ruling class’s tradition of sending their children away to school at the age of eight (or earlier), but the prestige of the British Empire, whose leaders it created, brought it wide admiration. At the end of his life William Gladstone, an Old Etonian, observed that “the public school system is the greatest thing in…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect