‘What distinguishes Cambridge from Oxford,’ wrote A.A. Milne in 1939, is that nobody who has been to Cambridge feels impelled…
A rebellion among Rugby schoolboys proved perfect training for its ringleader in putting down a Jamaican slave-rising in later life
The public schools ought to have gone out of business long ago. The Education Act of 1944, which promised ‘state-aided…
In 2012 a Taleban gunman, infuriated by Malala Yousafzai’s frequent television appearances insisting that girls had a right to education,…
As schools are for education, so universities are for higher education. In a civilised society, children should leave school literate,…
Philip Hensher gives a critical insider’s view of the Creative Writing industry
There it is: Winder, one of the most imposing peaks across all the Howgill Fells.
Our politics is such a shallow game that any senior British politician who has read a book is apt to be considered cerebral, and if he has read two, feted as an original thinker.
Dons don’t usually appear to much advantage in fiction.
The Old Boys’ Network, by John Rae
Maurice Bowra: A Life, by Leslie Mitchell
The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe
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