The Hothouse Society, by Royston Lambert, was published in
1968. He and his team of researchers investigated boarding schools fifty years ago, but it
remains relevant today because, as it says in the introduction, ‘It
presents one consistent viewpoint that of the children in their
writings. No other material has been used in this book none of our own
material or the staff interviews, or the statistics, or, with a few
exceptions, our interviews with the children.’

Boarding schools
have become more civilised, by, for instance,
abandoning corporal punishment and introducing co-education, but this book is about risks, not certainties, and residential schooling still involves risks like the ones described.

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