Boarding school boys bullied me mercilessly – but 30 years on I’ve found empathy for them

Boarding school boys bullied me mercilessly – but 30 years on I’ve found empathy for them

The Guardian

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Helen FitzGerald, the writer of the hit TV show The Cry, has set her new novel in a small rural town plagued by cycles of abuse – like the one she grew up in

I’m writing this from my home office in Glasgow, Scotland. My view is of silver sky and red sandstone terraces. The snow is starting to melt outside, the schools and shops are closed, and children are locked-down in their houses with their frazzled parents. My husband and I are empty-nesters all of a sudden. The local school is no longer our community hub.

So far we like it, but our boiler’s on the blink. I can hear my husband pretending to understand what the masked, socially distanced gas engineer is saying downstairs. It’s at times like this that I fantasise about heat. I was never hotter than in my childhood.

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