The Original Jennings

Posted on 29 November 2009. Filed under: Book Reviews | Tags: , |

Jennings and Darbishire, two of my favourite childhood characters. They seemed to live idyllic lives in boarding school and have all sorts of adventures. The books were written by Anthony Buckeridge with the first one, Jennings Goes to School, being published in 1950 and the last, That’s Jennings, in 1994. I’ve just found out that Jennings was based on someone Buckeridge used to know at school who was always getting into trouble.

Diarmaid Jennings was a couple of years behind Buckeridge and as you can see from his obituary the fiction boy, Jennings was a fair representation of the real person. He’s recently deceased and has led an interesing life, living out his last days in New Zealand.

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