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Anyone a fan of molesworth? Double chiz if not

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patriciawentworthheroine · 14/03/2009 20:37

I'd love to hear from anyone else who loves the molesworth books (a mad spoof of 1940s boarding school etiquette).

They were narrated by nigel molesworth and described his school (St Custards), his dere little brother molesworth 2, his grate friend peason and other weeds and wets eg fotherington tomas (hello birds, hello sky) and grabber (winner of the mrs joyful prize for rafia work).

Will our dere little chaps (and girls) ever be ready for these books? I seem to remember reading them in my teens, is that the right age?

If no one else loves these books, I will utterly tough them up and diskard them.

My only critcism is that they totally ruined the Jennings books for me. I thought these were hilarious as a pre-teen but once i discovered molesworth, it was all over.

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MayorNaze · 14/03/2009 20:43

oh yes there are lots of molesworthians around..they are probably off plaing fairy bells on skool piano

LadyGlencoraPalliser · 14/03/2009 20:44

I love Molesworth. My children have yet to discover them, I might try one on the 11-year-old and see if she gets it.

HumphreyCobbler · 14/03/2009 20:45

hullo bird, hullo sky

UnquietDad · 14/03/2009 20:46

Molesworth is topp as any fule kno.

HumphreyCobbler · 14/03/2009 20:47

there is a poster called anyfulekno

fab name

madlentileater · 14/03/2009 20:48

dd2 was asked who her favourite fictional character was at uni interview. Twas Molesworth.
I woke her this morning with
hoop la le ciel est bleu!

mollymawk · 14/03/2009 20:48

Molesworth is fab. But so is Jennings, still.

mollyroger · 14/03/2009 20:54

I utterly love molesworth et co. Esp Fotheringto tomas who is an utter wet and weed.

mollymawk · 14/03/2009 21:03

Hi mollyroger - do you think we are related?

neversaydie · 14/03/2009 21:13

I daren't introduce ds to Molesworth. His spelling is Molesworthian already!

But I love them.

faraday · 21/03/2009 12:37

Can you still get them? Like was it 'Wizz for atoms'?


examtaxi · 21/03/2009 12:41

I used to love Molesworth - my (male) cousins had the books and I used to read them when we went to visit.

Used to like Jennings too, my own children all loved "Just William" - we used to listen to the tapes in the car on long journeys. Very well observed.

LadyGlencoraPalliser · 24/03/2009 20:51

I think I have a fotherington tomas of my very own. DD3 wrote a poem called Leafes and trees tonight. It was very fotheringtonesque.
I have tried to persuade DD1 to read Molesworth, but she will not.

Bink · 24/03/2009 23:08

To faraday - not only can you get them, there is an omnibus edition, all of them together - as a Penguin Modern Classic.

A very battered one in our house.

it is a grandmothers privelege to spoil her grandchildren GET OFF THAT SOFA NIGEL YOU WILL BRAKE IT

sphil · 24/03/2009 23:20

An omnibus edition! Fantastic - mine all fell apart years ago.

Babbity · 24/03/2009 23:24

Worse, I'm fairly sure I was a Fotherington-Tomas when I was at school. The shame. I love Molesworth, but only discovered him as a grown up.

Molesworth · 24/03/2009 23:29

ahem ahem

MargaretMountford · 27/03/2009 09:53

the mumsnet nigel molesworth appreciation thread hem hem

MissM · 30/03/2009 12:33

Have just found this. I loved Molesworth. Even reading the title of this thread made me giggle in anticipation.

[Sneaks off work early to find battered copy]

jeee · 30/03/2009 12:34

I can't see ancient copies of Chatterbox without mentally adding 'chiz'.

steamedtreaclesponge · 30/03/2009 12:36

skool sossage anyone?

MitchyInge · 30/03/2009 12:40

oohhhh I WANT that omnibus edition

crumpet · 30/03/2009 12:45

shurely you mean tuough them up?

Jux · 30/03/2009 12:47

Just been saying hullo to the birds and the sky...

I started reading them when I was 8 or 9.

5Foot5 · 30/03/2009 12:52

I like Molesworth too but I think it might be hard for a 21st century child to appreciate.

Now Jennings on the other hand...

I got 2 or 3 second hand Jennings books to introduce them to my dd and she loved them. In fact there are bits where they can still make me laugh out loud

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