Reader reviews on Amazon.co.uk
Most books set against this backdrop of the English public school languish in a fug of complacent nostalgia whilst recreating the arcane world of Jennings, Bunter, et al. Biggins, on the other hand, carves out his world with a rage-fuelled chisel, refined with smaller cuts from a wickedly cruel scalpel.
It won’t please everyone, but perhaps the people it doesn’t are the ones who should be compelled to read it.
This is a hugely entertaining read. A very clever pastiche of the Tom Brown’s Schooldays and Boy’s Adventures type of book, with an affectionate nod to Wodehouse. It’s well written, the characters are sharply defined, and there are some genuine laugh out loud moments. I loved it. I’ll look forward to more from this author.
Riotous, witty and immensely enjoyable
An hilarious, anarchic array of adventures encompassing the inmates of a minor public school, led by their sporting hero, at the mercy of an eccentric cast of misfits. Sheer delight from start to finish. Beautifully and eloquently written. Heartily recommended.
A cautionary tale of privilege indulged.
So much more than a witty pastiche, highly recommended.
Absurd, clever but above all funny
A laugh-out-loud read, I loved this. Even though it’s all about public school boys and sport, it’s not just for blokes, because it’s so well written and funny. It’s a cross between PG Wodehouse and Billy Bunter, with the hero Skimpton getting into ridiculous scrapes and adventures, and up against bullies, stupid teachers, dim policemen and all sorts of criminals and ne-er-do-wells, and coming out on top thanks to his sporting prowess, his brains and his sheer niceness. One to give your mates for Christmas.