A year before my Sunday Times Magazine piece, I wrote on the same subject for Attitude magazine. Grateful to Matthew Todd for what was one of my first commissions after a pretty gruesome wilderness decade – and grateful, too, for the chance it gave me to make sense of something in 1200 or so words. Abridging one’s life is a strange task and this was the best I could muster at the time. Some turns of phrase crept in, presumably during sub-editing, that I would probably avoid, but that’s to be expected. In many ways, my experience is less about bullying and more about the damage that can be done when someone tries to diminish the likelihood of their being bullied.

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