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June 28th, 2004 (08:12 pm)

RIP Anthony Buckeridge, at 92.

What distinguished the Jennings books was their sense of humour - I remember them as the books most likely to just make me laugh out loud at some ridiculous circumstance. Although it's easy to think of these boarding schoolboy romps as dated, it was interesting to see an interview with Anthony Buckeridge in which he pointed out that he made up a fair bit of the schoolboy vocab. in order to avoid being tied too closely to a particular era.

I reckon I'm too old now, at the ripe old age of well-over-school-leaving, to judge whether they'll survive or not in a very different world, but I hope they do - the success of Harry Potter suggests that the old boarding school stories have plenty of life in them in yet, even if Harry Potter has some more fantastic trimmings. And apparently the Jennings book are still in print and selling quite well, so there is plenty hope.

Ave atque vale, Anthony Buckeridge - may Jennings and Darbishire live on in the company of William Brown and Nigel Molesworth.


Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: June 28th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)

Oh, how sad. It always seemed that he would go on forever. Will post something more coherent later.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: June 28th, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)

I'll look forward to reading it.

Posted by: Kate (kateaw)
Posted at: June 28th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)

I'd not heard of Jennings until about a month ago, Toby talked about them while we were on holiday. He found a copy of one of them in a second hand shop and it is high on my pile of things to read. Will probably put it to the top now.
I like school stories and have indeed just finished re-reading Stalky and Co.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: June 28th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)

There's your first suggestion for the Amazon wishlist that ormsweird was suggesting then!

I haven't read any Jennings books in <cough> some time, and it's always a bit dodgy reading someone else's favoured reading of yesteryear - the Jennings books really did stand out for me when I was younger though, so I hope he's to your taste too.

Must dig out my old copies for when I could do with some easy, enjoyable reading...

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