Sad Little Men by Richard Beard

Sad Little Men - POSTPONED

10th December - 10th December 2021


Richard Beard’s book, Sad Little Men, shines an uncomfortable light on the private school system.

He argues that boarding school education left an indelible mark on the psyches of the young pupils who grew into the politicians and businesspeople of today.

He asks what type of leader this system produces, and how they, in turn, shape society through policies and decisions informed by their schooling.

He is joined by Peter Francis, director of Gladstone’s Library who, like Richard, attended a boarding school, and was troubled by both the teaching and the experience of being separated from his family at a tender age.

In his recently published memoir, The Widening Circle of Us, Peter wrote about the imperialist tone of the curriculum, and the distorting effects of privilege.

This event will be in-person only, but audio recordings will be available to Friends of the library via the Digital Archive after the talk. 

Tickets will be made available when a new date is set. 


As part of a new access initiative here at the Library, all our non-residential events will have one free place available. Details coming soon.

Please note that tickets for this event are e-tickets. Book online and have your ticket emailed directly to you – there is no need to print out an e-ticket for a digital event. 

From 2021 you will have the option to save your tickets in your Gladstone Bag! For more information see here.

A print and collect service is available to those without access to email facilities for a small charge to cover our admin costs. Call 01244 532350 or email for more information. Printed tickets will be available to collect from Reception before the event.