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  • A sensitive and incisive analysis of the British class system has no right to be as insanely readable and enjoyable as this book manages to be

    Tom Holland, author of Dominion
  • Deft, sharp and utterly lucid. And its argument directly addresses not only who governs England, but how they do it. The boyish nonchalance and considerable charm of politicians and prime ministers suddenly emerge as sinister, irresponsible and corrupt. Beard wears his erudition lightly, but this is a very emotional, moving book. His conclusions are devastating.

    Patricia Duncker
  • Engaging and readable, powerful and cogent. A vivid portrait of the political elite exposed for the vulnerable men/ children they are

    Joy Schaverien, author of Boarding School Syndrome
  • If you want to understand the aura of entitlement and untouchability shrouding our governing class, look no further than Beard's witty, unsparingly sharp and deeply moving anatomy of the emotional culture of England's boarding schools

    Josh Cohen
  • Utterly compelling, top proper stuff. I loved it to bits. The energy of it! I really felt for them (all) by the end

    Ian Marchant, Author of A Hero for High Times

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