Geoffrey Willans





Geoffrey Willans


Born
in The United Kingdom
February 04, 1911

Died
August 06, 1958

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Herbert Geoffrey Willans was an English author and journalist, is best known as the co-creator, with the illustrator Ronald Searle, of Nigel Molesworth, the "goriller of 3b and curse of St. Custard's".

He was educated at Blundells School, Tiverton, and became a schoolmaster there. Molesworth first appeared in Punch in the 1940s and was the protagonist and narrator of five books, beginning with 1953's Down with Skool!, and followed by How to be Topp, Wizz for Atomms and, posthumously, Back in the Jug Agane and the anthology, The Compleet Molesworth. Comic misspellings, erratic capitalisation and 1950s public schoolboy slang are threads running through all the books.

According to Ronald Searle in his obituary:
"His cunning was more refined than
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Average rating: 4.24 · 1,380 ratings · 108 reviews · 10 distinct works · Similar authors
Molesworth

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4.30 avg rating — 801 ratings — published 1958 — 7 editions
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Down With Skool!

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4.01 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 1954 — 8 editions
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How to Be Topp

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4.34 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 1954 — 5 editions
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Back in the Jug Agane

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4.39 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 1959 — 5 editions
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Whizz for Atomms

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4.27 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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The Dog's Ear Book

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The Skool Days of Nigel Mol...

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Fasten Your Lapstraps

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1955 — 2 editions
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Down with Skool!

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Down With Skool! How to Be Topp Whizz for Atomms Back in the Jug Agane
Molesworth (4 books)
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“Reality,' sa molesworth 2, 'is so unspeakably sordid it make me shudder'.”
Geoffrey Willans, Whizz for Atomms

“There is only one thing in criket and that is the STRATE BAT. Keep yore bat strate boy and all will be all right in life as in criket. So headmasters sa, but when my bat is strate i still get bowled is that an omen chizz, Aktually i usually prefer to hav a slosh: i get bowled just the same but it is more satisfactory.”
Geoffrey Willans, How to Be Topp

“Xmas all grown ups sa is the season for the kiddies but this do not prevent them from taking a tot or 2 from the bot and having, it may seme, a better time than us. For children in fact Xmas is often a bit of a strane wot with pretending that everything is a surprise. Above all father xmas is a strane. You canot so much as mention that there is no father xmas when some grown-up sa Hush not in front of wee tim. So far as i am concerned if father xmas use langwage like that when he tripped over the bolster last time we had beter get a replacement.”
Geoffrey Willans, How to Be Topp

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