Oneworld to publish attack on public school system

Oneworld to publish attack on public school system

Oneworld is to publish a book by Robert Verkaik in "support of the important conversation" surrounding the recent report exposing a class pay gap in publishing.

According to the publisher, Verkaik’s Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain is a "searing indictment of the public school system and outlines how, through meaningful reform, we can make society fairer for all". It will be published as a trade paperback in July.

Commissioning editor Alex Christofi acquired world rights direct from the author.

Christofi said: "There have been a number of efforts to talk about public schools, but too often they pull their punches. This is a long overdue book clearly setting out that these schools were set up to benefit the poor, were co-opted by the rich, and are now so out of touch they should be abolished. When you can literally buy success, it makes a mockery of the idea we live in a meritocracy."

Packed with "highly readable" case studies and interviews with figures including David Baddiel, Anthony Seldon and former Eton headmaster Tony Little, Posh Boys examines how Britain’s two-tier education system "damages politics, people and communities".

"Unflinching in its approach, the book culminates in a rallying cry for reform that would benefit all levels of society. The issues have been left unchecked for too long: never could there be a more important time to be publishing this book," said the publisher.

Verkaik is an author and journalist specialising in extremism and education. He writes for the Guardian, Independent, the i, Observer, Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. His reporting was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010 and he was a runner-up in the specialist journalist category at the 2013 National Press Awards. He lives in Surrey.