An assault on politically correct, health and safety-conscious, league-table driven education – just at the right time
Dead Poet’s Society meets St Trinian’s, written by a teacher who shares a similarly experimental approach to lessons.
“I hope Ribblestrop will remind children and adults that real life has to involve risk.” Andy Mulligan
Published by Simon & Schuster in paperback on 6 April 2009
"Andy Mulligan's first foray into children's fiction is a blast of fresh air. Ribblestrop is dangerous, high-octane fun of the highest order: an outrageous delight."
“A hilarious and morally questionable tale about a disastrous school whose pupils can be counted on the fingers of one hand.”
“Cometh the hour, cometh the children's novel. Brilliant, un-put-downable and incredibly funny, this is the antidote to 'toxic childhood' -- a true celebration of the human spirit. Andy Mulligan should be available on the National Health.”
Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood
"If I had my time again I would without hesitation send my children to Ribblestrop."
Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnet's Angel
"An impressive debut by Andy Mulligan that stands up to other classics such as JUST WILLIAM and HARRY POTTER, it's suitable for ages 10 years and over."
Aldershot News and Mail
"...the book bulges with irreverent fun and incident. This is a boarding school experience that owes something to Anthony Buckeridge and nothing to miserable reality. The baggy plot won't appeal to everyone and the drinking, smoking and gun toting won't appeal to the virtuous because this is masterful knockabout humour."
The Irish Times(EIRE)