Back To School

September marks the beginning of the final quarter of the year; it also traditionally marks the return to school. So what better time to revisit the books of our youth? I remember buying my new term books at the end of August, before protectively wrapping them in newspaper and old calendars.

For me, Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers books were superb at describing the joy of the students' return to school: the joshing with the house mistresses and Matrons, the calling of 'hullo!', the return to the dormitory. Years later, I would get pretty much the same feeling as I read the Harry Potter series, albeit with the warm fuzzies of nostalgia. And decidedly less magic.

So, let's make this interactive. What books remind you of going back to school? What books best capture the feelings - elation, despair, resentment, resignation - that come with the return to school? The boundaries are loose - a book that describes the return, or maybe a book that's set in a school, or perhaps even a book that you read at school and haven't read since. I've shared some above and here are a few more:

  • The Passport of Mallam Ilia - Cyprian Ekwensi
  • The Adventures of Souza - Kola Onadipe
  • The Boy Slave - Kola Onadipe

 Why don't you all share yours below in the comments?


  • Wow dude, this is extremely good information, much appreciated.

    Posted by Forex Bulletproof on February 15, 2011
  • The children of Ananse by peggy Appiah , Mysterious ebony carver by Ibizugbe(where can I find this book? ) Forest of a thousand demons by Wole Soyinka

    Posted by siren on February 22, 2011
  • @Siren, here is a list of bookstores that carry our books, I’m sure one of them will have the book you’re looking for:

    Posted by chinelo on February 27, 2011
  • Passport of Mallam Ilia and The Mysterious Ebony Carver

    Posted by Zin Zino on September 09, 2010
  • An African Nights Entertainment (Cyprian Ekwensi) & The Unknown Tomorrow( A Ghanian author, cant remember)

    Posted by Tola on September 15, 2010

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