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The Papers of A.J. Wentworth Ba
by H. F. Ellis
Close to retirement, A.J. Wentworth, though well-intentioned, is a humorless and ineffective educator of the old school. Despite an unshakable faith in his own methods, he is ill-equipped to deal with the devious vagaries of the modern schoolboy. While he fusses over trivialities and worries over rules, the pupils of Set IIIA run riotous circles around him. Nor are his fel ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Prion
(first published September 2000)
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H.F. Ellis is a superb author of humor, who perhaps doesn't get the respect he deserves, and A.J. Wentworth is a brilliant and timeless comic creation. The fun is in the contrast between Wentworth's view of himself and the reality of his role at Burgrove School, where his bumbling and fussy obsessions make him a figure of fun. The humor is devoid of cruelty, however, as the impression comes through that the other members of staff and even the boys may not accord him the respect he thinks they do ...more
H F Ellis is going to be one of my favourite authors from now on. A. J. Wentworth. B.A., is very life like. I once knew a chap just like him, working together with me in a Professional services firm. The way their minds worked and the capers they got into could not be more similar.