A Very Private School (Hardback)


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In this poignant memoir, Charles Spencer recounts the trauma of being sent away from home at age eight to attend a boarding school.

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A Very Private School offers a clear-eyed, firsthand account of a culture of cruelty at the school Spencer attended in his youth and provides important insights into an antiquated boarding system. Drawing on the memories of many of his schoolboy contemporaries, as well as his own letters and diaries from the time, he reflects on the hopelessness and abandonment he felt aged eight, viscerally describing the intense pain of homesickness and the appalling inescapability of it all. Exploring the long-lasting impact of his experiences, Spencer presents a candid reckoning with his past and a reclamation of his childhood.

“Moving and beautifully written, what Spencer’s courageous book reveals will be horribly familiar to the thousands of us who endured the same vile abuse in dozens of schools that were clones of each other. Most of us will go to our graves with the wounds unhealed’”
— Louis de Bernieres, novelist and bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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Weight 0.85 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.9 × 2.2 cm
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