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Journalist and poet Musa Okwonga explores the effect of toxic institutions on Britain's political life through the lens of his time at Eton as a young Black man

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Musa Okwonga is a poet, journalist, broadcaster, musician, social commentator, football writer and consultant in the fields of creativity and communications. He has written on identity, sport, culture and society for a range of publications including Africa Is a Country, The Economist, ESPN, Foreign Policy, the Guardian and the New York Times. He has written and presented essays and programmes for BBC Radio and lectured at several universities. He was one of the contributors to The Good Immigrant.@Okwonga


  • 'Moving ... stays with you long after you've finished it' Nigella Lawson
  • 'A superb memoir ... written with a poet's lyricism and a journalist's clarity' Nish Kumar
  • 'An urgent exposition on how [Eton]'s undue influence is shaping political forces - from the current government and Brexit to the rise of nationalist and racist politics' Stylist
  • 'Okwonga is a writer worth waiting half a century for' New Statesman
  • 'Fascinating insight into the workings of one of the most exclusive, secretive and privileged institutions on earth' Robert Verkaik, author of Posh Boys
  • 'Writing that holds and ambushes you in turn ... a portrait of the allure of institutional power' Vinay Patel
  • 'Raw evidence of the power of resilience and determination and hope ... a blistering memoir' Salena Godden
  • 'Frank, fascinating and unique ... essential reading' Hashi Mohamed, author of People Like Us

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