Broadcaster Justin Webb (The Gift of a Radio) and bestselling author Richard Beard (Sad Little Men) were both sent away from home as young boys to boarding school. Join them for a candid and deeply insightful discussion with broadcaster Mark Lawson, about the formative experiences of boyhood, the realities of British elite all-male boarding school life and its long-reaching consequences on the psyche of the men who often end up leading the country.
Justin Oliver Webb is a British journalist who has worked for the BBC since 1984. He is a former BBC North America Editor and the main co-presenter of BBC One’s Breakfast News programme. Since August 2009, he has co-presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and also regularly writes for the Radio Times.
Richard Beard’s six novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In the UK he has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His latest novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. He is also the author of four books of narrative nonfiction, including his 2017 memoir The Day That Went Missing. Formerly Director of The National Academy of Writing in London, he is a Visiting Professor (2016/17) at the University of Tokyo, and has a Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. In 2017 he was a juror for Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Mark Lawson is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He presents BBC Radio 4’s arts magazine Front Row. He read English at University College London where one of his tutors was the novelist AS Byatt. He has been a Guardian columnist since 1995, in the mid-90s he presented The Late Show on BBC2 and has presented The Late Review since 1994. He has twice been voted TV Critic of the Year and has won numerous awards for arts journalism. His television work includes Mark Lawson Talks To – a series of interviews for BBC 4, with such eclectic personalities as explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, AS Byatt and actresses Julie Walters and Jane Horrocks.
Website: Richard Beard