Geoffrey Willans


Born
in England, 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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Molesworth

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4.28 avg rating — 1,039 ratings — published 1958 — 7 editions
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Down With Skool!

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4.03 avg rating — 372 ratings — published 1954 — 12 editions
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How to Be Topp

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4.31 avg rating — 180 ratings — published 1954 — 6 editions
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Back in the Jug Agane

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4.21 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1959 — 5 editions
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Whizz for Atomms

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4.20 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1956 — 6 editions
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The Dog's Ear Book

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Fasten Your Lapstraps

3.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1955 — 2 editions
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The Skool Days of Nigel Mol...

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

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”
Geoffrey Willans

“It hapens very often that parents think they are worred about the progress a boy is making. they do not realise that all boys are numskulls with o branes which is not surprising when you look at the parents really the whole thing goes on and on and there is no stoping it it is a vicious circle.”
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