Sad Little Men: Private Schools and the Ruin of England is the new book by UEA alumnus Richard Beard and published this week by Harvill Secker. Richard graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1995 and has published six novels including Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones and Damascus. His short fiction has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award and longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His most recent novel Acts of the Assassins was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. Richard is also the author of three previous books of narrative non-fiction and was a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at UEA between 2014 and 2017. The Day That Went Missing, published in 2018, was the winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography, and was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black (Biography) Prize, the Rathbones Folio Prize, and the American National Book Critics Circle Award in the Autobiography category.