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Geoffrey Willans


UK flag (1911 - 1958)

Herbert Geoffrey Willans is 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". Molesworth first appeared in Punch in the 1940s and was the chief 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. Comedy mis-spellings, erratic capitalisation and 1950s public schoolboy slang were threads running through all the books.