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Stiff Upper Lip

Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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This 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.

Read by David Thorpe.

©2017 Alex Renton (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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A Peak into the Minds of our Ruling Class

Got this in an attempt to get a grasp of our ruling class. I enjoyed listening to it, it was fascinating to hear about how 'they' think and learn about the culture of the boarding system, however, there are a lot of difficult parts. Difficult in the sense of emotional as childhood traumas are relayed, ie. physical and sexual abuse and there's even a transcript of a conversation with a paedophile.

In all though, I enjoyed the book.

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Harrowing

It makes you realise that maybe by and large you got off lightly, other than a temporary loss of individuality & boredom. The long term effects are more emotionally nuanced...