Down With Skool!: A guide to school life for tiny pupils and their parents

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 1, 2009 - Fiction - 112 pages

If headmasters were honest a prospectus would be a book which sa how many kanes he hav, contane a warning about the skool dog and the amount of prunes and rice served during the term.

Nigel Molesworth may not be the best student St Custard's will ever have, but he is certainly able to express his feelings about his beloved school - not to mention botany walks and foopball. With his handy guide to Masters at a Glance (Know the Enemy) and Lessons (chiz chiz) and How to Avoid Them, no noble brave fearless etc. boy will ever have to suffer at the hands of the 'swots, bulies, milksops greedy guts and oiks' ever again WIZZ.

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The hysterical section on Latin Masters references Hillard & Botting, who will be completely unknown to most readers below the age of fifty. I've recently republished H&B, for the inquisitive. You too could feel the same bafflement felt by Molesworth about why the Gauls are attacking ditches!!!

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About the author (2009)

Geoffrey Willans was born and educated in England and spent time not only as a tiny pupil but also as an extremely perceptive school-master. After active service during the Second World War he joined the BBC as a feature writer. He died in 1958, at the age of 47. Ronald Searle was born in 1920 and educated at the Cambridge School of Art. He was a hugely successful graphic artist and pictorial satirist, and also the creator of the wonderfully wicked St. Trinians. He died in January 2012, at the age of 91.

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