Violence, cruelty and sexual confusion are as much a part of boarding school literature as japes, cricket and a cast of swots, cads and cowards. Alex Renton traces a troubled genre from Rudyard Kipling to JK Rowling 8 April 2017, The Guardian “Michael was ordered to take down his trousers and kneel on the … Continue reading Flogging vice out, virtue in
"Cover-up is a British institutional tradition" 4 December 2016 for The Observer: Breaking the silence is immensely powerful and it is good medicine. But speaking up is hard. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has data that suggests one out of three people abused as a child has not disclosed the abuse … Continue reading Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution
5 October 2014: Here's my story in the Observer on the political push for "mandatory reporting", which could help whistleblowers who uncover abuse in institutions, and make it a crime to cover it up. This "crucial" measure for tidying up the malfunctioning child protection system could - with some political will - become part of the current … Continue reading A chance to make it illegal to ignore child abuse
Alex Renton and family during lunch, Foulden, Berwick on Tweed. Tom Main for The Times 17th April, The Times My kids want KFC. Where did I go wrong? On the way to lunch at Giorgio Locatelli’s restaurant in London, we crossed Oxford Street. My son Adam, 11, trudging along grumpily at the prospect of a … Continue reading Foodie’s angst: Are my kids food neurotics?