An evening with Alex Renton STIFF UPPER LIP – SOLD OUT

1st February 2018


An evening with Alex Renton

Alex Renton’s Stiff Upper Lip: secrets, crimes and the schooling of a ruling class is the rst book to look at the darker side of the British private boarding school system. He asks whether this unique mechanism for educating an elite deserves the global admiration it has received, claiming traditional boarding schools cause lifelong damage.

When Renton’s book was published last year The Times’s critic said she needed a very hot shower after nishing it. The Financial Times said it was ‘a horrible read’. Others were more welcoming.

‘The whole thing thrums, right at the back of it, with a contagious sadness; a contagious anger; a contagious grief . . . A brave and necessary book.’ Sam Leith, The Guardian

‘At last, a scrupulously honest insight into private boarding education in Britain – ranging from the abuse to which it subjects the child . . . to the abuse of Britain’s social order in laying the foundation to buying your child’s way to the top” Jon Snow of Channel 4 News

£10 per ticket
book here
clubroom bar open from 6.30 pm; event starts at 7pm
Meantime curated by Emma Craigie