Down With Skool!: a Guide to School Life for Tiny Pupils and Their Parents Unknown Binding – Illustrated, 1953
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The Molesworth books purport to be instructional manuals by an English public schoolboy named Nigel Molesworth, about how to survive the school experience. From the day the first was published in 1953, they became a wild success, especially with schoolchildren. They are still in print and still eminently applicable (which says something both about the quality of the books, and about the nature of the British school system, which even at that point hadn't changed much in 400 years).
The wild misspelling that permeates them caused hysteria among parents, and their removal from many school libraries (the books, not the parents). Nevertheless, many phrases from them have since gone into the English lexicon, particularly "enuff said" and "as any fule kno".
The quartet consists of:
Down with Skool
How to be Topp
Whizz for Atomms
Back in the Jug Agane
and an omnibus edition,
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Anyway I had a free £3 Amazon book credit so I bought this, I was surprised how familiar it was almost 50 years later! Not the same as reading it as an 11 year old obviously and a lot shorter than I remember, but a good blast from the past. I think a lot of us schoolboys in the first years of secondary school in the 60's could identify with Molesworth, school back then seemed full of bullies, 6th formers trying to grow moustaches, sporty show-offs and sadistic teachers who were always ready to get out the cane, slipper (old tennis shoe) or just give you a slap across the face. Great days. I think reading Molesworth kept me reasonably sane.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only one of the books of cartoons that I did not have. That completes the set. Great. Recommended.Published 17 months ago by Ronald Searle
Cheerful, witty nostalgia with wonderful illustrations. Very happy to rediscovered this after reading the books and loving them as a child.Published 17 months ago by HappyLuckyAlix
Loved this book then, love it now! What REALLY goes on in schoolboys minds. ( sory, skoolboys branes!) Molesworth 1 for ever.Published 18 months ago by Anne Laffan