Alex renton is a writer and journalist whose career has ranged from arts and food writing to politics and the investigation of child abuse his career as a war reporter and development worker took him to the middle east africa east asia and the balkans. Renton who was abused at prep school has written a startling book about the ruling class full of examples of snobbery cruelty and misery. Alex rentons new book stiff upper lip secrets crimes and the schooling of a ruling class is out in april 2017. A brilliant book evening standard 6 april 2018 this is the story of generations of parents britains richest and grandest who believed that being miserable at school was necessary to make a good and successful citizen. Stiff upper lip follows up these leads alongside research into the history of boarding schools and their ethos personal revelations i never showed her my mother the marks the beatings made
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