Posh Boys

Posh Boys

How English Public Schools Ruin Britain Robert Verkaik. POSH BOYS How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain Robert Verkaik so Węa 'Did you go to school?' The question asked of suspected.

Author: Robert Verkaik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786073846

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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‘The latest in the series of powerful books on the divisions in modern Britain, and will take its place on many bookshelves beside Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Owen Jones’s Chavs.’ –Andrew Marr, Sunday Times ‘In his fascinating, enraging polemic, Verkaik touches on one of the strangest aspects of the elite schools and their product’s domination of public life for two and a half centuries: the acquiescence of everyone else.’ –Observer In Britain today, the government, judiciary and military are all led by an elite who attended private school. Under their watch, our society has become increasingly divided and the gap between rich and poor is now greater than ever before. Is this the country we want to live in? If we care about inequality, we have to talk about public schools. Robert Verkaik issues a searing indictment of the system originally intended to educate the most underprivileged Britons, and outlines how, through meaningful reform, we can finally make society fairer for all.
Categories: Political Science

Posh Boys

Posh Boys

‘The latest in the series of powerful books on the divisions in modern Britain, and will take its place on many bookshelves beside Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Owen Jones’s Chavs.’ ...

Author: Robert Verkaik

Publisher: ONEWorld Publications

ISBN: 1786076128

Category: Education

Page: 400

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Imagine a world where leaders are able to pass power directly to their children. These children are plucked from their nurseries and sent to beautiful compounds far away from all the other children. They are provided with all the teachers they need, the best facilities, doctors and food. Every day they are told this is because they are the brightest and most important children in the world. Years later they are presented with the best jobs, the grandest houses and most of the money. Through their networks of friends and family they control the government, the army, the police and the country's finances. They claim everyone is equal, that each person has a chance to become a leader. But this isn't true. If such a world existed today wouldn't we say it was unfair, even corrupt? With Posh Boys Robert Verkaik issues a searing indictment of the public school system and outlines how, through meaningful reform, we can make society fairer for all.
Categories: Education

Cheer the F K Up

Cheer the F  K Up

'Lash'tended to stem from posh boys entrenched in masculine bravado, who saw drinking as one of many competitive sports they engaged with, whereas I was much more of a 'pre-drinks' kinda gal. I still cringe at the term today.

Author: Jack Rooke

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473584587

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 598

'Cheer the F**K Up is, without a doubt, the most meaningful and funniest book I have ever read on mental health and loss. Jack is a genius (fact) and he weaves together themes of love, grief, sexuality, trauma, growing up, mental health and friendship in a memoir that will stand the test of time. If you are a human living on this planet YOU NEED THIS BOOK! It has never been more important and never been more needed.' - Scarlett Curtis 'Once you've had the pleasure of reading a work by Jack Rooke, you'll have spent time with one of the funniest, warmest, most caring people I've ever known, and he'll feel like your new favourite friend. This book deals with difficult topics in such a beautiful, thoughtful and hilarious way. It's the book we all need in our lives.' - Nicola Coughlan This book will definitely make you laugh and might just make you cry, but it could also help save a life. Cheer the F**K Up is a bold, brilliant and very personal account of a young comedian’s experiences with mental health. An ode to the importance of friendship, Jack Rooke takes us on a mission to better understand the reasons why so many people are struggling, and how we can all feel better equipped in knowing how to support that one friend we might be that bit more worried about. Part comedic memoir, part advice guide, this book is a fresh and timely take on a huge issue very close to Jack’s heart – in 2015, while working as an ambassador for a male mental health charity, he lost one of his best friends to suicide. Taking you on a journey through his life and experiences with grief, sexuality, depression and more, Jack offers his own frank and powerful advice on how best to have meaningful conversations about a loved one’s state of mind. Hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, Cheer the F**K Up will definitely make you laugh and might just make you cry, but it could also help save a life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Kieron Smith boy

Kieron Smith  boy

Two more boys were inthe top division, one wasposh andone was Samuel Ross at the desk aboveme. The posh onewas top boy and inthe second row.I never saw him except at school. He just went by himself in theplayground and didnot playany ...

Author: James Kelman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141919393

Category: Fiction

Page: 434

View: 418

Rejected by his brother and largely ignored by his parents, Kieron Smith finds comfort - and endless stories - in the home of his much-loved grandparents. But when his family move to a new housing scheme on the outskirts of the city, a world away from the close community of the tenements, Kieron struggles to find a way to adapt to his new life. Warm, funny, with searing insight and astonishing empathy, in Kieron Smith, James Kelman has created an unforgettable boy.
Categories: Fiction



A bacha posh (pronounced 'bat-cha posh') does not only dress as a boy; she operates in society exactly as boys do. No one knows precisely how many bacha posh there are, because their existence is somewhat hidden.

Author: Clare Chambers

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241439050

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

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'A must-read for psychotherapists, doctors and everyone else who enjoys connecting ideas' Philippa Perry 'Compassionate and challenging, warmly human and coolly rigorous. . . I am now thinking afresh about how I live in my own body, in a world where, as Clare Chambers argues, nobody's body is ever allowed to be good enough, just as it is' Timandra Harkness What would it take for your body to be good enough? The pressure to change our bodies is overwhelming. We strive to defy ageing, build our biceps, cure our disabilities, conceal our quirks. Surrounded by filtered photos and surgically-enhanced features, we must contort our physical selves to prejudiced standards of beauty. Perfection is impossible, and even an acceptable body seems out of reach. In this mind-expanding book, Cambridge philosopher Clare Chambers argues that the unmodified body is a key political principle. While defending our right to change our bodies, she argues that the social pressures to modify undermine equality. She shows how the connected ideas of the natural body, the normal body, and the whole body have been used both to disrupt and to maintain social hierarchies - sometimes oppressing, other times liberating. The body becomes a site of political importance: a place where hierarchies of sex, gender, race, disability, age, and class are reinforced. Through a thought-provoking analysis of the power dynamics that structure our society, and with examples ranging widely from bodybuilding to breast implants, deafness to male circumcision, Intact stresses that we must break away from the oppressive forces that demand we alter our bodies. Instead, it offers a bold, transformative vision of the human body that is equal without expectation.
Categories: Philosophy

Back to the Boy

Back to the Boy

'Oi, posh boy!' I was being taunted on my first day at Rye Hills, which was no surprise, although the chosen insult was something I could never have predicted. I wanted to laugh out loud. Me, a posh boy? This was brutal.

Author: James Arthur

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473665859

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 234

'The thought behind this book is not just me wanting to tell my story in the standard autobiographical fashion but to create a kind of self-help book that includes my story. There are many things people don't know about me and maybe when they read about those things they will have an understanding of the journey I have been on, why I've made the mistakes I have and hopefully help other people overcome their adversities.' Life has presented its fair share of setbacks for James Arthur, from his disrupted childhood - during which he felt like a stray and a misfit, entering the care system in his teens - to a very public fall from favour just at the point when all his dreams should have been coming true. With an extraordinary comeback in 2016, starting with No. 1 single 'Say You Won't Let Go' and his Platinum album Back From The Edge, Back To The Boy shows the British singer and songwriter reflecting not only on his past but also on his return to the charts, and the phenomenal global success that followed. James shares his struggles with mental health issues which led to drug abuse, and how he dealt with the feelings of intense pressure and loneliness that accompanied his sudden rise to fame. Back to the Boy gives an insight into the life of one of the most exciting musicians of today, and how his experiences are reflected in the raw emotion and passion in his music. This is a story of hope and self-discovery to inspire those who have ever hit rock-bottom and managed to pick themselves up again.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Whatever You Are is Beautiful

Whatever You Are is Beautiful

My sneer went down well with the posh kids, and they allowed me a place on the second rung down. So it always stung when critics said I was a posh boy, making fun of those I considered beneath me. Not because I didn't think I was ...

Author: Richard Blandford

Publisher: Eye & Lightning Books

ISBN: 9781785632693

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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> 'Terrific... fresh, funny, surprising and – oh yes – heroic' JOHN HIGGS, author of The Future Starts Here 'A standout book of the decade' TIM EWINS, author of We Are Animals 'Imaginative, entertaining and thought-provoking' CHARLES LAMBERT, author of The Children's Home A mysterious illness, called HEROS, is sweeping America. It changes those afflicted, stage by stage, into super-powered costumed crimefighters. Charlie was once one of Britain’s favourite TV personalities, known for sneering at the weirder members of society in his cutting-edge documentaries. But now, after a battle with cocaine addiction, he wants to go straight and show his caring side. A programme about this bizarre new disease may be a chance to get his career back on track. As he films and interviews a number of people with HEROS, or Rosies, as they call themselves, Charlie gets close to many of them, perhaps too close, and starts to question his role as a neutral observer. This may well be a career-changing experience, but not in the way he imagined. Whatever You Are is Beautiful is a dark comedy, which celebrates difference and explores the immense human capacity for intolerance. It is both cautionary and joyful in equal measure.
Categories: Fiction



The disgusting, smelly bins that none of those posh boys would go near if they could help it. At first I genuinely considered diving straight in, but then wouldn't I just be doing their job for them ...

Author: Nicole Burstein

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448188529

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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A funny and frank superhero story set in the world of Othergirl. Joseph ‘Wilco’ Wilkes is one of life’s losers – he’s picked on, pushed around, and bullied by the rugby boys at the posh private school he attends on a scholarship. But his life is about to change: Wilco learns he can move things with his mind. Will this be his chance to play the hero, get the girl and finally stand up for himself? Or are things just going to come crashing down around his head? Becoming a proper hero will be quite the leap of faith...
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

The Boy Who Knew Things

The Boy Who Knew Things

... from 'posh boy' to 'two-name squirt'. Unlike boys of that age of a more sensitive nature, Ed seemed to cope with the mickey-taking with admirable ease, using the name-calling to his advantage, particularly when it was combined with ...

Author: Martyn Croft

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780955987250

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

View: 915

A tale of mystery and imagination set in 1970's East Anglia where nothing is what it seems. There was a history of strange phenomena in young Ed Compton-Jones' family. He was not a normal boy. He had strange powers and sometimes he seemed to be in another world. He knew things that he wasn't supposed to know. How would he use those powers? Would it be for good or evil? A disturbing tale of dreams and fantasy set in and around a sleepy East Anglian seaside town in 1970's England.
Categories: Fiction

Sex Power Control

Sex  Power  Control

Verkaik, Posh Boys, p. 207. 44. https://www.itv.com/news/2018-02-18/shocking-scale-of-sexual-abuseat-uk-boarding-schools-revealed-by-itv-documentary/. 45. Verkaik, Posh Boys, pp. 207 and 220, and Renton, Stiff Upper Lip, pp. 30919. 46.

Author: Fiona Gardner

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9780718895624

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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Given their rhetoric on safeguarding, the response of religious organisations to abuse by the clergy – sexual, physical and spiritual – has been inept, thoughtless, mean, and without any sense of urgency. Sex, Power, Control explores the underlying reasons for the mishandling of recent abuse cases. Using psychoanalytical and sociological insights, and including her own experiences as shown in the BBC documentary Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret, Gardner asks why the Churches find themselves in such a crisis, and how issues of power and control have contributed to secrecy, deception and heartache. Drawing on survivor accounts and delving into the psychology of clergy abusers, she reveals a culture of avoidance and denial, while an examination of power dynamics highlights institutional narcissism and a hierarchical structure based on deference, with defensive assumptions linked to sex, gender and class. Sex, Power, Control is an invaluable resource for all those in the church or similar institutions, and for anyone concerned about child abuse.
Categories: Social Science