Nigel Molesworth, with a fabulously carefree attitude to spelling, grammar and both work and play, careens through prep skool at mercurial speed. ‘The curse of St Custard’s’ provides numerous tips on avoiding ‘cads, oiks, goody-goodies, bulies, snekes and new bugs (CHIZ)’. Plus ‘kanes’, ‘foopball’ and clouds-and-sky-botherer Fotherington-Thomas, whilst mainly accompanied by his ‘grate friend’ Peason.
The brilliant depiction of the cabbage-and-carbolic boys’ schools of the 1950s is brought joyously to life by Ronald Searle’s glorious cartoons. Being a small boy, as any fule kno, should be explosive fun. And Molesworth can still lay claim to be topp at it.