Molesworth books (G Willans, R Searle)

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The Molesworth books, by Geoffrey Willans with illustrations by Ronald Searle, are the definitive works on the British public school system. Tom Brown's Schooldays has more gritty realism, but Molesworth has far worse spelling, as any fule kno. In fact it was only fifteen years after first reading them that I realised Molesworth's grate frend peason was, in fact, Pearson.

Some might feel that the bullying (especially of Molesworth 2, Nigel's bro.), atrocious food and casually indifferent teachers (masters) are a poor reflection on the British attitude to children, but that is becos they are uterly wet and a weed like fotherington thomas who skip along saying hello clouds hello sky he is a GURL chiz chiz.

In fact it could be said that the Molesworth books were ahead of their time, in that the practice of mis-spelling every third word foreshadowed the style of 90% of Usenet posts (although in the case of Willans it was the result of satirical intent rather than illiteracy).

The Molesworth books rank alongside Sellar and Yeatman's authoritative history of Britain, 1066 And All That, as required reading for anyone seeking to understand the British psyche.

The Molesworth books:

- How To Be Topp

- Wizz For Atomms

- Down With Skool

- Back In The Jug Agane
Also available as The Compleet Molesworth

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