A Skimpton Compendium

John C. Biggins (Author)


It's 1938. The skies are darkening, and battle is about to commence. Skimpton, popular Deputy Head Boy and sports supremo at Faysgarth School, needs a miracle if he's to beat arch rivals Rainingham with a first eleven still drunk from the previous night's debauchery.

Further obstacles include mercurial school scoundrel Marcus Dent, Constable Stubbs, the irredeemably dim local bobby, a cricketing vicar with a unique taste in flannels, and the lethally myopic Colonel Coombes, menace of the chemistry laboratory. A motley assortment of grubby dimwits, suspicious outsiders and sinister socialists means more trouble ahead for our heroic House Captain and his irrepressible fag Piggot.

In this juicy collection of sporting stories Skimpton finds that, in a world beset by colonial conundrums, sexual tension, political skulduggery and the occasional stinky third-former, the immutable values of King and country don't always win the prize. For, whether the challenge is a chafing jockstrap or an infuriating history master, one thing's for certain: at Faysgarth nothing is ever quite what it seems.

A Skimpton Compendium takes up where Michael Palin's Ripping Yarns left off. If you like Lindsay Anderson's If and the stories of Richmal Crompton and PG Wodehouse, you'll love A Skimpton Compendium.

Product Details

$12.99  $11.95
Trophy Press
Publish Date
August 08, 2020
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.81 inches | 1.17 pounds
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About the Author

John C. Biggins was born in Leeds in 1958. Having trained as a graphic designer, Biggins then studied theatre arts and embarked on a career treading the boards. Over the last 35 years, while appearing on television, radio and film, and at the National Theatre and other theatrical venues around the country, he has maintained an interest in graphic design, and - since 1999 - has run a web design business with clients drawn mainly from the literary world. As a writer, he has worked in the theatre, for BBC television and radio, and on various children's television projects. In the early 2000s he enjoyed a stint as a theatre critic. A keen collector of boys' annuals from the 1930s and 40s, in writing A Skimpton Compendium, his first work of fiction, Biggins was as much inspired by the line illustrations and covers as he was by the extraordinary stories themselves.