David James

David James is a deputy head of of a leading independent school in London. He is co-author with Jane Lunnon of The State of Independence: Key Challenges Facing Private Schools Today (Routledge). His latest book, Schools of Thought: Lessons to learn from schools doing things differently (Bloomsbury) was published in March 2024. He can be found on Twitter at @drdavidajames

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The content of “misery lit” is disturbing, but what purpose does it serve?

Polly Toynbee’s memoirs test the reader’s patience

“Lessons” is Ian McEwan at his worst

Enough of reformers who want to turn schools upside-down without knowing which way is up

Hidden Lessons is filled with clichéd phrasing and, even worse, predictable and clichéd thinking

Yet another teacher memoir abuses more clichés

Lucy Kellaway’s memoir is a must-read for anyone considering the profession

At its best Conflicted reminds us of the central importance of meaningful debate

Musa Okwonga’s memoir about his time at Eton is a confused account of having access to everywhere but belonging nowhere