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St. Trinian's: The Entire Appalling Business [Hardcover]

Ronald Searle

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March 13 2008
St. Trinian's, the gloriously anarchic boarding school for young ladies, became synonymous with outrageous behavior when Ronald Searle's drawings first appeared in Britain's Lilliput magazine in the 1940s. Searle said about his creations: "A St. Trinian's girl would be sadistic, cunning, dissolute, crooked, sordid, lacking morals of any sort and capable of any excess. She would also be well-spoken, even well-mannered and polite. Sardonic, witty and very amusing. She would be good company. In short: typically human and, despite everything, endearing."

St. Trinian's girls are experts in the maidenly arts of torture, witchcraft, and mayhem of all description; their antics take the reader back to those authoritarian school days that begged for serious rebellion and all-embracing non-conformity. Poisonous mushrooms, medieval racks, and field hockey sticks as weapons of choice figure prominently. Gin-swigging and cigar-smoking are popular pastimes.

Now, black humor and black stockings intact, the St. Trinian's girls reach American shores in this gleefully wicked collection of cartoons, published to coincide with the major film, St. Trinian's, starring Rupert Everett, Mischa Barton, and Colin Firth.


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (March 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585679585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585679584
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful irreverence June 29 2008
By Jan in NC - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific book of cartoons, feels much like Charles Addams. Boarding school girls portrayed as little hellions. Given the era in which these were created, it's eye-opening that Searle recognized that girls aren't good and sweet and nice. They can be merciless bullies. Bombs, guns, torture, all well within their grasp. This book is a lot of fun. Hermione Granger would be appalled.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie July 31 2008
By CNC - Published on Amazon.com
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Witty, wicked, wonderful... The sketches are super, the humor offbeat. The book is so innocent compared with some of today's fare, yet it is sophisticated and dark at the same time.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searle has done it again!!!!! May 29 2009
By Mildred Kooyenga - Published on Amazon.com
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Ronald Searle make all has books such fun.His cartoons are more than cartoons,they are works of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiration of a number of British films Feb. 23 2014
By James G Horn Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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Forget sugar and spice and everything nice, the girls of St Trinian's school eat snails and puppy dogs tails for breakfast. Hockey and lacrosse sticks are the weapons of the fourth form girls when machine guns and grenades are not available. This is for those who enjoy the dark humor of Charles Addams' cartoons. Others beware.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful series of cartoons! Jan. 28 2014
By Eusebius - Published on Amazon.com
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St Trinian's, The Entire Appalling Business is a delightful series of hilarious and deliciously morbid cartoons by Ronald Searle. They are all about a private boarding school for anarchistic young ladies who are the opposite of anything you ever thought about genteel English schoolchildren. These little girls are sadistic, amoral, violent, duplicitous, cruel, vicious, brutal, and wickedly funny. Each cartoon is beautifully sketched and the deft pen and ink lines help capture the appalling atrocity it illustrates.

A series of six films based on St. Trinian's was released in the 1950s and are worth watching if you can find them. There have been a couple of newer St. Trinian's films released in the past decade but the older ones are closer to Searle's cartoons - probably because they are in black and white and closer to his illustrations.

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